New York Brain Injury Lawyer
Brain damage cases involve traumatic injuries that directly affect the brain and its ability to function normally. The symptoms of brain damage are often significant, immediate and permanent. Many victims of traumatic brain injuries have their whole life turned upside down. They are unable to work. They struggle with memory issues and physical disabilities. Some require assistance completing routine tasks. Victims or families of victims who have suffered brain damage due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing will find it in their best interest to consult a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer who will better explain their legal rights and options.
Brain Injury Statistics
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that at least 1.7 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI) every year in the United States. TBI contributes to nearly a third of all injury-related deaths nationwide. Almost half a million children under the age of 14 visit the emergency department for TBI annually. The leading cause of TBI is falls followed by motor vehicle accidents.
Common Causes of Brain Damage
When a person sustains blunt force or penetrating trauma to his or her head, there is the potential for a brain injury to occur. Most brain injuries happen as the result of:
- Car accidents
- Slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Construction accidents
- Birth injuries
- Acts of Violence
Symptoms of Brain Damage
While treating a serious head injury, medical professionals will attempt to stabilize the victim and evaluate the severity of the damage. They might evaluate the victim’s level of consciousness, motor function, breathing rate, sensory function and other external signs. Depending on the severity of the injury, the immediate symptoms may include mental confusion, convulsions, vomiting, restlessness, difficulty breathing, ear or nose drainage, sleepiness or bruising around the eyes or ears.
The following are just some of the consequences of a TBI depending on the part of the brain that has been affected:
- Frontal lobe damage could result in physical paralysis and significant changes in social behavior. Damage to the frontal lobe can also result in issues with focus, mood changes and a loss of flexibility in thinking. Victims of car accidents can sustain frontal lobe damage if they suffer blunt force trauma to the front of their head.
- Parietal lobe damage could result in issues with hand-eye coordination. Some victims of trauma to the top or upper back part of the head may also struggle with activities such as reading, writing and drawing.
- Damage to the occipital lobes can result in vision problems. Individuals who suffer significant damage to the back of the head in a slip-and-fall accident or trip-and-fall accident may lose their sight or experience difficulty recognizing words or drawn objects.
- Temporal lobe damage can result in severe memory issues or changes in personality. Some victims of trauma to the side of the head struggle with aggressive behavior that they did not have before the accident.
- Damage to the cerebellum can result in physical issues such as tremors, dizziness and a loss of the ability to walk. The cerebellum is located at the base of the skull above the neck.
- Brain stem damage can have a significant impact on the victim’s ability to breathe, swallow, balance or sleep. The brain stem is located deep within the brain, so brain stem trauma typically results from severe head injuries.
Treatments for Brain Damage
After reducing any swelling that resulted from the trauma, doctors will have to determine if surgery is necessary. Many victims require lengthy periods of hospitalization before being transferred to rehabilitation centers. It is there that they will receive help to learn how to manage and cope with their situation. Within the first few months of rehabilitation, victims may regain some physical and mental abilities. They may have to relearn basic skills such as walking, talking and feeding or dressing themselves. Treatment going forward will involve occupational therapy and other forms of care to help them adapt to their permanent disabilities.
There are a number of useful resources and treatments available for brain injury victims, but many of them are very costly.
- Physiotherapy can help a victim of brain damage regain some of their physical abilities.
- Occupational therapy can help a brain injury victim relearn how to perform basic tasks.
- Speech therapy can help someone with a brain injury relearn how to communicate.
- Transitional and supported living programs help victims recover and prepare for their new life.
Damages in Brain Damage Cases
The medical costs associated with brain injuries are significant. Even those with adequate insurance can expect to see bills that are far beyond their means. To make matters more challenging, many injured victims of brain damage are unable to return to work at full capacity. Parties responsible for causing a victim’s brain damage can be held accountable for their negligence. A successful brain damage claim can result in damages including, but not limited to, current and future medical bills, lost future wages and benefits, past and future pain and suffering, the cost of rehabilitation services and many other related damages.
If you or a loved one has suffered brain damage, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options. With more than 42 years of experience, we work tirelessly to help obtain the best possible compensation for injured victims or those who have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence.
We have a long history of successfully handling difficult brain injury cases. In one recent case, our law firm helped a bicyclist obtain a $5,600,000 settlement after he was struck by a van and suffered brain damage. We were able to secure this settlement for our client in spite of a very bad police report with regard to our client.
even after the authorities found him at fault for the crash.
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