Nassau County Head Injury
A serious injury to the head or to the brain can have leave the victim with lifelong disabilities. Injuries to the head can lead to a wide range of conditions. In some cases the conditions are temporary, while in other cases the conditions are permanent. For example, a blow to the head cause a loss of hearing, a loss of sight, balance problems, cognitive difficulties, dementia and even paralysis. According to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention each year over 1.5 million people suffer injuries to the head that are severe enough that they cause brain injuries. Sadly, over 50,000 people do not survive. Many head injuries are indeed preventable as they are caused by the carelessness of another person. If you or someone you love has a head injury that you believe was caused by the negligence or intentional act of another person, it is critical that you immediately contact an experienced Nassau County personal injury lawyer who will help you recover your medical expenses, lost wages, and other compensation for your losses.Causes of head injuries
While falling down and hitting the head is the most common way that people end up with head injuries, a head injuries are also caused in other types of accidents. For example, in a construction accident a worker may fall from a roof or a scaffold slamming his or her head on a hard surface below. In other construction accidents the worker’s may be hit in the head by falling objects. Likewise, in a car accident the impact of the collision may cause the victim's head to hit the dashboard, or the victim may be thrown from the car or truck landing on his head. Head injuries are common to other types of vehicle accidents such as SUVs, minivans, and motorcycles. For example, victims of motorcycle or bike accidents frequently suffer severe head injuries even when they wear helmets. In fact, vehicle accidents are the leading cause of deaths from head injuries.Example
Jerry was looking at his cell phone when his car drifted into the path of oncoming traffic. He tried to swerve out of the way but ended up colliding to a car driven by Sam. Sam suffered a number of injuries including a head injury. A CT scan showed that there contusions to his brain. As a result Sam experienced headaches, had difficulty sleeping, and developed weakness on the left side of his body, making it difficult to walk and move his left arm. He also had a hard time keeping up with responsibilities at work and had to take a leave of absence.Your right to compensation
An injury to the head can be so debilitating that it can affect your ability to work and your overall quality of life. In addition, a head injury can have a devastating effect on your financial situation if your symptoms make it impossible for you to work for an extended period of time. Fortunately, if your head injury resulted in an accident caused by another person's negligence, the law allows you to demand compensation from the person who caused your injury.
- Medical expenses: Medical bills include fees associated with the ambulance service, hospital treatment, visits to your doctor, medication, home health care, therapy, and rehabilitation.
- Loss of income: Loss of income includes not only loss of your weekly, biweekly, or monthly paychecks. It also includes other types of compensation such as the value of sick or vacation days, lost promotions, and other benefits you lost.
- Pain and suffering: You may be awarded compensation for both the physical pain you endured as well as your emotional suffering. For injuries that leave permanent damage your pain and suffering award is likely to be greater than if you completely recover from your injuries.
- Wrongful death: If the victim’s accident was fatal, the law allows that person’s personal representative to file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover compensation.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that resulted in a head injury, contact an experienced attorney who understands both the legal issues associated with personal injury, wrongful death, and workers’ compensation cases as well as the medical and emotional issues associated with head injuries. Stephen Bilkis and Associates is experienced representing clients who have been sustained head injuries and other types of injuries in auto, truck, motorcycle, boat, and construction accidents. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.