Accidents can happen at any time and for a number of reasons, but when an accident results in a blow to the head, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result. This type of injury may start with mild symptoms, but it could turn deadly, which is why anyone who suffers a blow to the head should seek immediate medical attention. Aside from fatalities, a TBI can result in a temporary or permanent disability, which could end up costing a family thousands of dollars in rehabilitative therapy.
If you suffered a TBI due to someone else’s negligence, such as through a car accident or a slip and fall incident, you might have the right to recover compensation for your losses. A Floral Park traumatic brain injury lawyer can help handle your case and protect your rights while you seek recourse.
You can call the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP to begin your case right away. We can begin by helping you file an insurance claim, and we can also help you file a personal injury lawsuit to bring to trial if need be. Keep in mind that a statute of limitations may apply to your case, so the sooner you act, the better you can protect your right to take legal action.
Do not delay. Call us at (516) 358-6900. Find out how our lawyers can help you with your case.
What Makes Traumatic Brain Injuries So Dangerous
A traumatic brain injury is different from a normal head injury. While any head injury usually involves a blow to the head, a TBI results in a disruption in the brain’s functioning. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), TBIs include concussions, and they vary in level of severity.
While a mild TBI only results in a brief disruption of brain functioning, such as a momentary loss of consciousness, a severe TBI can create an extended period of unconsciousness or a loss of memory.
Severe TBIs require immediate hospitalization, and some patients do not make it out of treatment alive. In the worst cases, TBIs lead to death, and the CDC reports that an average of 155 people, including children, die each day from this injury.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
As previously stated, accidents involving blows to the head can occur in a number of ways. According to the CDC, when it comes to TBIs, some forms of injury stand out more than others, and they vary based on age.
Slip and Falls
Falls take the lead among other forms of accidents that result in TBIs, especially for elderly adults. The CDC found that falls accounted for the most TBI-related deaths in people aged 65 and older. A slip and fall could easily occur in a nursing home, for example, especially if staff members are negligent and fail to afford their residents the standard of care required by law.
Car accidents also accounted for a large portion of TBI-related deaths for people between the ages of 15 and 34, as well as those ages 75 and younger. This is largely due to the back and forth motion your head can experience during the impact of a crash.
For infants and children four years old and younger, homicide was the leading cause of TBI-related deaths.
Regardless of the way you sustained a TBI, you should not underestimate the severity of the injury. Seek medical attention immediately after the accident, even if you are only displaying minor symptoms. Sometimes, the full extent of a TBI does not manifest until days after the traumatic event.
Call (516) 358-6900 to speak to a team member from the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP about seeking compensation.
The Aftermath of a Traumatic Brain Injury
Aside from fatalities, TBIs can result in major medical complications that could leave a person temporarily or permanently disabled. According to the Mayo Clinic, the following complications could result from a TBI:
- Coma: This occurs when a person enters an altered state of consciousness in which they cannot respond to stimuli.
- Vegetative state: Even if people open their eyes or make sounds, they may still be stuck in an unconscious state.
- Brain death: This is an untreatable condition in which there is no activity in the brain or brainstem. It can leave a patient unable to breathe, and their heart often malfunctions. These patients would need life support services to survive.
- Seizures: Even years after a TBI, patients can suffer a series of seizures during which they develop post-traumatic epilepsy.
- Headaches: Even months after a TBI, patients can suffer debilitating headaches.
- Infections: When the brain and the surrounding tissues suffer from a TBI, infections can spread in the brain.
Since some of these complications can take weeks, months, or years to occur, victims of TBIs can suffer irrevocable changes to their lifestyle and quality of life. You could recover damages after suffering any of the above injuries via working with a Floral Park traumatic brain injury lawyer.
Seeking Legal Recourse for Negligence
A TBI can cost a victim greatly, both physically, emotionally, and financially. If you suffered this type of injury due to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to take legal action. If, for example, your slip and fall occurred on premises that were not properly maintained, you may have a case against the property owner. If your TBI occurred due to a car accident, you might have a case against a liable driver who caused the accident.
You do not have to suffer the consequences of your injury without seeking fair compensation from the negligent party. You may file an insurance claim, a personal injury lawsuit, or a wrongful death lawsuit. A Floral Park traumatic brain injury lawyer can help you every step of the way. They can investigate your accident, assign liability, and negotiate for fair compensation on your behalf.
For a free consultation to help determine your legal options, call the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP at (516) 358-6900. We want to help victims of negligence seek fair compensation so that they can focus on what is most important—recovering and spending time with their loved ones. Let us handle the legal process.
For a free legal consultation with a traumatic brain injury lawyer serving Floral Park, call 516-358-6900