Suffolk County Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury is a debilitating injury. Because such an injury is often permanent, victims’ lives are often drastically changed. For example, the victim may not be able to return to the same job as before the accident. In some cases the victim of such a head injury may not be able to return to work at all. A head trauma can be mild, such as a brief loss of consciousness, or more severe, such as permanent mental disability or amnesia. The injury can be localized to a certain part of the brain, or in the case of extreme trauma, can result in overall permanent brain damage. A brain trauma may also include other injuries such as a spinal injury, broken bone, or paralysis. If you or a loved one have sustained a brain injury as the result of an accident, it is important to speak with an experienced Suffolk County Brain Injury Lawyer as you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Common causes of brain injuries

Common causes of brain injury include:

  • 35.2% are caused by falls
  • 17.3% are caused by motor vehicle accidents
  • 16.5% are caused by blows to the head
  • 10% are due to assaults
Signs of a brain injury

While many people equate loss of consciousness with a serious head trauma, it is possible to be badly injured while remaining conscious. Signs to look for include:

  • One-sided neurological defect such as paralysis on one side of your face or body
  • Constant feelings of drowsiness, fatigue, or nausea
  • Seizures
  • Blurred vision, double vision or pupil dilation
  • Trouble with memory or concentration
  • Feelings of being light-headed or dizzy
  • Prolonged ringing in the ears
  • Radical changes in personality, mood or stress levels
  • Prolonged headaches
  • Slurred speech
  • Numb or weak extremities
  • Loss of motor skills, such as walking or feeding yourself

Severe trauma to the brain can leave the victim in a coma, semi-conscious state, or vegetative state. Furthermore, it may cause you to be more susceptible to degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and dementia pugilistica.

Recovering compensation

A brain injury not only affects your heath, but will also affect your ability to work and your general quality of life. In addition, it can have a devastating effect on the finances of you and your family. Because damage from a brain injury is often severe and permanent, you may be faced with a lifetime of medical expenses.

Fortunately, through a personal injury lawsuit against the person responsible for the accident that resulted in your injury, you can receive compensation that will pay for your medical expenses. You may also be able to receive compensation for your lost earnings and loss of earning capacity.

If your burn injury happened in a work-related accident, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. New York's workers' compensation laws state that injured parties are entitled to compensation if they sustain a work-related injury. Compensation often comes in the form of medical expenses, lost income and benefits, loss of ability to earn, and more. However, it is important to note that worker’s compensation benefits are limited. Just because the accident occurred at work does not necessarily mean that you are limited to the benefit available through workers’ compensation.

For example, in February of 2002 Diane Garrison was involved in a car accident. In the accident Garrison hit her head and suffered a traumatic brain injury. As a result of the accident, Garrison suffered severed regular, severe headaches. Tihe brain injury that she suffered in the accident left her unable to perform many of the tasks that she performed prior to the accident. In her personal injury lawsuit, there was testimony that as a result of the brain injury suffered in the accident, Diane Garrison:

  • Suffered from excessive fatigue
  • Was unable to participate in the activities she enjoyed prior to the accident such as volunteering in the community and assisting her children
  • Was unable to perform daily household tasks such as cooking and cleaning
  • Was limited in her ability to interact with her family
  • Engaged in child-like behavior at times
  • Was severely irritable at times
  • Had jumbled speech
  • Displayed unpredictable behavior such as attempting to jump from a moving car

The jury award Garrison an award for pain and suffering damages in the amount of $2,500,000. Garrison v. Lapine, 2009 NY Slip Op 50325 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., 2009).

Suffolk County Brain Injury Lawyer

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 staff at Stephen Bilkis and Associates is experienced in handling personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from 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 serve those injured in accidents in the following locations:

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