Someone in the United States suffers a brain injury every 10 seconds. In New York alone, one study reported that 500 brain injuries occur daily. These injuries result in thousands of ER visits, hospitalization, and tragic deaths. You deserve to know what to expect and how to recover if you’ve suffered a brain injury because of someone else.
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Brain injuries can be devastating to you and your entire family. Whether you or someone you love suffered a mild to severe traumatic brain injury, a concussion from a car accident or any other head injury, life as you know it may be altered forever. Recovery, if possible, may be lengthy and expensive, making the decision to consult an experienced New York brain injury lawyer critical.
Depending on the circumstances, you may have the right to pursue compensation for a brain injury caused by negligence, but the first step in making a brain injury claim will be to review your situation with a qualified NY personal injury lawyer. With decades of experience and hundreds of millions of dollars recovered for brain injury victims, Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. is here to answer your questions, support you, and fight to get everything you need.
Brain injuries come in many forms, and range in severity from relatively mild head injuries to traumatic brain injuries (TBI):
Concussions usually occur from a blow to the head that negatively affects normal brain function. While concussions sometimes cause temporary unconsciousness, it is not seen in every case. The symptoms are usually temporary and may include headaches, problems with concentration, memory, balance, and coordination. Concussions can occur from:
Acquired brain injuries refer to harm to the brain that occurs after birth. Such an injury is not hereditary, congenital, degenerative, or induced by birth trauma. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, examples of ABI include:
TBIs happen when there is a violent blow to the brain or skull caused by an external force. TBI can be permanent and disabling. The severity of symptoms will depend on which part of the brain is affected, and the extent of the damage. In mild cases, temporary confusion and headache may occur. Serious TBIs can result in unconsciousness, amnesia, disability, coma, loss of motor functions, long-term impairment, and even death.
TBIs are often seen after serious:
Nearly 400 incidents of TBI occur every day in New York, and 2,000 deaths from TBI occur yearly. Almost 20,000 New York residents are hospitalized for traumatic brain injuries and more than 112,000 visit emergency departments for brain injury treatment. Those most at risk for TBI are children under four and those over 85. Males are at greater risk for TBI than females.
The effects of brain injuries, especially TBI, cross the spectrum of day-to-day activities. Your ability to communicate, work, properly feed, dress, or groom yourself could be affected. You may have to give up driving for some time, maybe permanently. You could even lose your job due to a lifelong disability.
Since head trauma and brain injuries often result in physical discomfort, sensory deficits, cognitive impairment, and changes in mood or behavior, the impact on your and your family’s life can be tremendous. Even mild head injuries can lead to years of recovery and rehabilitation. Everyday tasks can seem impossible when the brain does not function as efficiently as it once did. This can result in staggering medical costs, lost wages, and other various expenses that may last the rest of your life.
It can be hard to know how to tackle such a dire situation, but you have options to consider. When another party’s negligence causes a brain injury, you can file a personal injury claim to receive compensation for you or your loved one’s damages. Whether it is through a brain injury settlement or lawsuit, by working with a skilled NY brain injury lawyer, you can seek fair and full recovery for your:
At Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., we are proud to have recovered significant sums for many brain injury victims. However, there is no way to tell the potential value of a brain injury claim without speaking to an attorney. To discuss your circumstances and what you can expect from a brain injury claim, call us right away.
Our NY brain injury lawyers will investigate the accident that led to your injury, gather and analyze all the evidence, and identify any and all liable parties. From there, we will help you obtain every dollar you deserve.
Our brain injury attorneys also represent surviving family members after TBIs in New York result in tragic loses. If your spouse, parent, or child was lost due to brain injury, call us right away to discuss your rights, options, and the possibility of filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
If another party is responsible for the brain injury accident that led to your loss, a wrongful death claim may allow you to recover compensation for your funeral expenses, medical costs, grief and emotional distress, loss of compensation and benefits, your loved one’s companionship, and more.
After suffering any significant head trauma or brain injury, your job is to do everything you can to recover from your injury, or to support your family member to recover. You should not be battling insurance companies or collecting mountains of medical documents. If you or your loved one were injured in any of the following ways, let our brain injury attorney analyze whether you have a legal claim for damages and handle the process of securing compensation:
Car Accidents – Even minor crashes may result in a concussion. Concussions from a car accident can require ongoing medical treatment, time off from school or work, and the need to find help with daily activities, such as driving. It is imperative that you seek advice of a New York brain injury lawyer before agreeing to settle any insurance claim from a motor vehicle accident.
Workplace incident –Those with brain injuries need special attention from an attorney that understands the long-term effect of such injuries. If there is a TBI, you may not be able to return to your job. Besides the possible loss of income, there may be a need for ongoing medical therapies, job retraining, or a decision regarding potential disability.
Sports Injuries – While there is some assumption of risks that is inherent in sports, there are times when brain injuries from participation could be compensable. The brain injury lawyers at Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. can determine if the injury sustained was the fault of a fellow participant that didn’t take due care, the manufacturer of safety equipment, or even a failure to properly supervise.
Stroke/Near Drowning – ABI caused by stroke or near-drowning should be examined to determine if there could be compensation. For stroke victims, there could be medical mistakes regarding treatment or medication that cause the stroke, which resulted in brain injuries. For near-drowning victims, especially young children, the owner of the pool or body of water where the incident occurred could be held responsible for the head injury depending on the facts of the case.
Brain injuries can be devastating for the victim, their family, friends, and co-workers. Brain injury claims are also complicated legal matters. The treatment you need may be extensive, and insurance companies know these are typically expensive claims to pay out. That’s why they are often reluctant to pay what’s fair. Whether you need to pursue a personal injury claim for a work injury TBI or a concussion from a car accident, you need a veteran New York brain injury attorney.
At Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., we know how to deal with the insurance companies and their representatives. We will fight for the brain injury compensation you deserve so that you can heal and provide for your family while doing so.
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