Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are costly — to your health, relationships, livelihood, and financial stability. These costs can be compensated with damages. More than just bill reimbursement, compensation for negligence can apply to all aspects of your injury.
If you sustained your TBI in Babylon or the surrounding areas, a traumatic brain injury lawyer from the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP can explain how to pursue these damages.
Filing a Claim or Lawsuit can Provide You with the Financial Relief You Need
Emergency department visits and hospitalizations alone can rack up quite a bill—New Yorkers over 65 who sustained a fall from 2012 to 2014 paid an average of over $45,000 per hospitalization or ER visit, according to the New York Bureau of Occupational Health and Injury Prevention (NYSDOH). For TBIs, medical costs can include:
- ER visits
- Specialist consultations
- Imaging tests
- Physical therapy
- Prescription medications
Other Damages You can Claim in a TBI Case
Any of these expenses could be eligible for compensation through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. In addition to medical expenses, you may also receive damages for:
- Lost wages
- Diminished ability to work
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of consortium (companionship)
Notice that these range from practical compensation (such as wages lost during recovery) to more emotional consequences (such as pain and suffering). Let our team know how your TBI changed any area of your life.
We also work with experts to extrapolate what your losses will be over the course of your lifetime. This, along with your long-term prognosis, can allow us to seek compensation for upcoming expenses. We won’t let you accept lowball offers that don’t take your future into account.
We can Handle the Legal Process for You While You Recover
If you’re worried about filing a suit or claim because of the amount of work involved, remember: the role of the traumatic brain injury lawyers on our Babylon team is to alleviate the work you have to do. Rather than worrying about how to pay your bills, you can focus on healing.
Some of the ways we research, support, and build your case are by:
- Gathering photo and CCTV evidence
- Obtaining police reports
- Reviewing medical records
- Investigating the negligent party’s past
- Interviewing witnesses and experts
- Evaluating legal paperwork and waivers
- Speaking to insurance adjusters on your behalf
- Keeping you updated on your case’s progress
We understand that you are concerned with how your case will function on a day-to-day basis, not just how it will turn out in the end. For that reason, we provide free consultations and promise to remain accessible throughout your case. We will even come to you if you can’t make it to us.
We will Work to Meet any Important Deadlines
We will work to abide by the three-year personal injury statute of limitations (CVP §214) to investigate your case and pursue compensation. This statute means that we have three years to file suit, if necessary.
We can keep your case on track to meet important deadlines if you contact us in time.
Helping at-Risk Elderly Babylon TBI Victims for Decades
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has found that older adults are at a higher risk for traumatic brain injury complications, like acute hospital care and impaired neurological function. As you age, any injury is harder to bounce back from, and something as serious as a TBI presents unique challenges.
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, we want you to receive the care you need when you need it. Don’t let fear of paying for care prevent you from seeking treatment, especially if you are an elder adult. Your settlement could defray the cost of:
- Hospital stays
- Rehab facility stays
- At-home care
- Longer physical therapy
- Medical equipment
It may take you longer to recover from your TBI if you’re over 65, but we will fight insurance companies for you to receive care as long as you need it.
Types of TBI Cases We Handle
The leading cause of traumatic brain injuries is falling. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that falls cause 81 percent of TBIs among people 65 and older, and account for more than half of TBI cases in children. Not all falls, however, are eligible for compensation; they must be caused by negligence.
If your TBI was caused by someone neglecting their duty or choosing to engage in a reckless action, thereby causing you injury, they could be held liable for your expenses. In the case of falls, this can take the form of poor premises maintenance, whether at someone’s home or a workplace.
However, while falls are the main culprit, you can sustain a TBI from negligent scenarios like:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Slip and falls
- Sports and hobbies
Negligence on the road could be drunk driving, texting, or speeding. On property, it could be a failure to secure cords or flooring, lack of signage in risky areas, or insufficient safety precautions. Even athletics, which often require signing a waiver, can still be a source of negligence if gear is not properly maintained or oversight is lacking.
Whatever the cause of your TBI, if someone’s action or inaction led to it, we can help you hold them responsible for their negligence.
Call the Attorneys at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP for Help Today
We offer a free case review today to get you started. Our traumatic brain injury lawyers handle cases in Babylon and the surrounding areas, with our firm offering a combined 100 years of personal injury experience.
Your TBI has cost you a lot, but your consultation will cost you nothing. Call us today.