Concussions and TBI
In an instant, everything is different. A blow to the head can cause your life to change in a second. Concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are unpredictable and extremely dangerous if not treated properly. To most people, you may look normal on the outside, but there’s damage on the inside affecting your ability to think clearly and impacting your ability to work.
That’s where the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP comes in. We help you get the compensation you deserve for your head injuries. But it’s not just about the money. It’s about putting your life and the lives of your loved ones back together.
If you have suffered a serious concussion or other TBI in Long Island and nearby areas including Nassau County, Suffolk County and Queens, we are ready to fight for you.
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The brain is a soft and squishy organ made up of nerve cells called neurons. These neurons form tracts – almost like highways – that carry messages to different parts of the brain, which control certain movements or actions.
They also work together to control more complex functions, such as speech, the five senses, personality, thought processing, breathing, heart rate and more.
When a traumatic brain injury occurs, the neurons or nerve tracts can be affected. If that happens, they may not function correctly, and ultimately affect the body’s ability to work correctly. Damaged neurons or neuron tracts can cause impairment or a complete inability to do a particular function.
Concussion symptoms vary for each person, and they often include:
- Loss of consciousness – from a few seconds to over an hour
- Difficulty balancing
- Sensitivity to light
- Sensitivity to noise
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Irritability or emotional disturbances
- Memory loss
- Problems concentrating
- Feeling of “fogginess”
- Amnesia (forgetfulness)
- Slurred speech
- Dilated pupils or uneven pupils
These symptoms can last for just a few days, but some patients who suffer mild-to-severe concussions experience them for months, as well as other long-term complications. They include:
- Problems concentrating
- Problems with memory
- Problems with balance and coordination
- Problems with judgment
- Irritability and personality changes
- Problems sleeping
- Headaches when concentrating or working for an extended period of time
If you or someone you love has suffered a concussion, seek medical help right away. It’s important for a doctor to diagnose your concussion as quickly as possible and begin treatment.
Dos and Don’ts for Recovering from a Concussion
Recovering from a traumatic brain injury like a concussion can be a long and slow process. Here are a few dos and don’ts after a concussion:
Do rest your brain as much as possible.
Don’t play video games or watch television with fast-moving images.
Do avoid fast movements.
Do avoid sudden or excessive exposure to light or sound.
Don’t play contact sports or exercise.
Don’t do too much physical labor.
Do listen to your doctor’s orders. You may have to miss work or only work half-days until your doctor says it’s okay for you to return to your daily activities.
Don’t stop taking your medication until a doctor says so – even if you’re feeling better.
Don’t drive unless your doctor says it’s okay
Legal Help for Concussion Victims on Long Island
You may be able to obtain compensation to assist with the consequences of a concussion if you or a loved one was injured in an accident caused by some else’s negligence.
Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP’s brain injury lawyers have over 100 years of collective experience in personal injury litigation in New York, including work with concussion victims and their families. Our investigations of accidents that have caused concussions include determining the full economic and non-economic costs of these injuries to our clients.
Call us now or fill out our simple contact form for a free, no obligation evaluation of your case and advice about your legal options.