Suffolk County Head Injury
There are more than 5 million people in the United States who are grappling with various impairments that have been caused by traumatic head injury. According to newly released data, nearly 280,000 people will be in accidents that cause these injuries, and of that number, almost 70,000 will die. People who survive these injuries may suffer with debilitating impairments for the rest of their lives. A serious car accident may leave the victim with a head injury, or such an injury may occur as a result of a slip and fall accident or a construction accident. If you or someone you care about is suffering from a head injury caused by the negligence of another person, it is important that you immediately contact an experienced Suffolk County Head Injury Lawyer who will help you recover compensation for your losses.Causes of head injuries
While falls are the leading cause of head injuries, a head injury can occur in many types of accidents. In a construction accident a worker may fall slamming his head on the hard surface below, or may be hit in the head by falling debris. Similarly, in a car accident the impact of the collision may cause the victim's head to smash into the dashboard, or the victim may be thrown from the vehicle landing on his head. Head injuries are common to other types of vehicle accidents. For example, victims of motorcycle accidents or bicycle 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
In October 2003, 53-year-old Linda Sanchez was driving her car when a chunk of concrete fell on her car, smashed through her windshield and hit her in the head. Sanchez lost consciousness and ran into a tree. As a result of the accident, Sanchez numerous skull fractures, an epidural hematoma, a traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage, facial lacerations and trauma in the area of the skull where the olfactory nerve is located. While Sanchez's injuries did not require surgical intervention, they did cause her a great deal of pain and required her to stay in the hospital for 2 days. The court determined that as a result of the accident Sanchez suffered and will continue to endure substantial pain and suffering as a direct and proximate result of the accident. In ruling on whether Sanchez was entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, the court awarded her $100,000 in damages for past pain and suffering and $375,000 for future pain and suffering. Sanchez v. State, 2008 NY Slip Op 52659(U) (N.Y. Ct. Cl. 5/16/2008)Recovering compensation
A head injury not only affects your heath, but will also affect your ability to work and your general quality of life. In addition, a head injury can have a devastating effect on the finances of you and your family if you are unable to work for an extended period of time. Fortunately, if your head injury resulted in an accident caused by another person's negligence, you may be entitled to a number of types of compensation.
Medical bills include fees associated with the emergency room, hospital stay, surgery, visits to your doctor, prescriptions and rehabilitation. If you were unable to work while you are recovering from your heading injury, you may be entitled to compensation for the wages you missed out on. Lost wages includes not only loss of your paychecks. It also includes the value of sick or vacation days you had to use while recovering as well as in other type of compensation and benefits that you lost.
You may also be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering. Whether you will be entitled to receive pain and suffering damages and the amount of such damages depends on the seriousness of your injuries. For injuries that leave permanent damage your pain and suffering award is likely to be greater than if you completely recover from your injuries.
If your head injury was the result of a work-related injury such as a construction accident, then you are entitled to file a claim for benefits under New York’s workers’ compensation rules.Suffolk County Head Injury Lawyer
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 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 serve those injured in accidents in the following locations: