The brain is the body’s command center, and when it is damaged the results can be devastating. Nature’s protection is your skull, but even that tough bony shell cannot guarantee safety in the wake of certain violent or traumatic events. In fact, roughly 1.5 million people experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI) every year somewhere across the nation. 500,000 actually die from complications related to TBI. Five billion or more live with the encumbering aftermath of such injuries. If you or a family member has suffered an act of aggression or negligence that will have lifelong TBI impacts, a Long Island personal injury attorney may be able to assist in your quest for damages to deal with the costs you will be facing.
Causes of TBI
Injuries to the brain do not have a single source: in fact there are many causes, ranging from chemical exposure, hypoxia, and tumors to open head injuries, closed head injuries, and deceleration injuries. Even strokes and infections can cause TBI. Any causes can be devastating, but when brain damage is the result of human neglect or aggression, it may be compensable. Some of the most common issues related to TBI include:
- Wounds to the head as a result of gunshots;
- Falls that result in blunt trauma to the head;
- Repetitive or severe force as from shaking;
- Motor vehicle collisions;
- Post-surgical infections;
- Moments of oxygen restriction, as with drowning; and
- Chemical exposures (solvents, insecticides, carbon monoxide, etc.).
Sports injuries are such a significant source of TBI that they deserve their own category. In fact, New York law requires children age 13 and younger to wear helmets when riding bicycles, scooters, skateboards, and inline skates. And according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, helmets should be worn regardless of age and skill any time a sport has the potential to cause a head injury. That includes organized team sports, as well as sledding, skiing, and snowboarding.
What Does TBI Look Like?
The symptomology related to traumatic brain injury differs among patients, but may include an amalgam of symptoms, including:
- Changes in mental/emotional reactions;
- Limited self-awareness;
- Distractibility and issues with focus and attention;
- Cognitive or processing issues;
- Sensory processing problems;
- Chronic or debilitating pain;
- Memory difficulties; and
- Sensory processing disorders.
When is it a good idea to pursue legal action? If TBI occurs as a result of a reckless or negligent motor vehicle collision, inadequate safety precautions at work, medical malpractice, or out-and-out assault, or any other human-caused event, you may wish to seek compensation to address the financial concerns related to the incident. At Falkowitz Law Firm PLLC, we will fight aggressively in order to recoup monies to address a number of issues, including:
- Hospitalization costs;
- Interventions related to psychiatric issues;
- Lost present and future wages;
- Therapies and support services;
- Travel costs related to medical concerns; and
- If necessary, funeral costs.
As you struggle to manage the devastating impacts of TBI, having the experienced and knowledgeable legal team at Falkowitz Law Firm PLLC on your side can be a source of comfort and hope. Call 844-GET-GARY to get Gary working for your today.
Gary P. Falkowitz is the Managing Partner and Founding Attorney of the Falkowitz Law Firm PLLC‚ one of the premiere personal injury law firms in New York. Gary received his J.D., in 2005 from St. John’s University School of Law and served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.