Staten Island Brain Injury
A person suffering from a brain injury may find that he or she has lifelong problems as in many cases the damage is irreversible. The medical bills associated with treating a brain injury can be substantial, while the ability of the victim to work may be drastically reduced. If you or a loved one have sustained a brain injury as the result of another person's negligence, it is important to speak with an experienced Staten Island brain injury lawyer as you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries that will help pay your past and future medical bills as well as cover other losses such as lost income.Typical causes of brain injuries
While there can be a variety of circumstances surrounding how a victim received a brain injury, by far traumatic brain injuries are caused by 4 types of accidents or incidents.
- Falls. Over 1/3 of brain injuries are caused by falls. In some cases the falls are from heights at construction site accidents, while in other cases the falls are occur in slip and fall or trip and fall accidents.
- Car accidents. Nearly 20% of brain injuries occur in vehicle accidents. This is not surprising since those in cars are often violently tossed about when a car collides with another vehicle or a stationery object. 17.3% are caused by motor vehicle accidents
- Blows to the head. A blow to the head could happen in a number of different ways including flying objects at a construction site, boxes falling in a warehouse or retail store, or a fast ball to the head in a baseball game.
- Assaults. A tenth of brain injuries occur in criminal assaults involving the victim being hit in the head, thrown to the ground, or shot in the head.
Whether your injury was caused by a car accident, fall, workplace accident, or an assault, if another person or business is responsible, you have the right to demand compensation from that person through filing a personal injury lawsuit. With the help of a brain injury lawyer in Staten Island, you may be able to recover damages such as:
- Medical expenses: Medical expenses associated with a brain injury may continue well into the future. This is why it is important that you demand payment for both past medical expenses as well as the estimated future medical bills.
- Lost wages: While some victims may miss several days or a few weeks of work, other may miss months or find that they are not able to work again at all. You can demand payment for missed pay, as well as for the value of your diminished ability to earn a living.
- Pain and suffering: A brain injury may mean chronic pain, dizziness, sleeplessness and other chronic or intermittent, long-term symptoms. You may also face psychological suffering as a result of the inability to function due to your physical symptoms.
If your brain injury occurred while you were working at a construction site, in a warehouse or in some other workplace, you may be eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits including medical care, wage replacement, and vocational training.Hypothetical
While walking to a friend's house, Maxine tripped and fell on a broken sidewalk. When she fell her head slammed against the concrete and she passed out. As a result of her fall, Maxine was rushed to the emergency room and diagnosed with a concussion and intracranial hemorrhage. Maxine remained in the hospital for a few days, but suffered from chronic headaches, dizziness, nausea and the inability to sleep for weeks after the accident, making it impossible for her to work.Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that resulted in a brain injury, contact an experienced attorney who understands both the legal issues associated with personal injury cases as well as the medical and emotional issues associated with traumatic brain injuries. The brain injury attorneys serving clients in Staten Island at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates are experienced in handling personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from auto, truck, motorcycle, boat, and construction accidents. Contact us at 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.