New York City Brain Injury Attorney
Helping Catastrophic Injury Victims in the Bronx, Queens & Brooklyn
The brain is the body’s most complex organ, and also one of the most fragile. Every year, an estimated 1.4 million Americans sustain a head injury and/or a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and tens of thousands die as a result of that injury. Though many people recover fully from traumatic brain injuries, roughly 80,000 Americans each year experience injuries that lead to serious, long-term disability.
More than 50% of head injuries occur in vehicle accidents. However, traumatic brain injuries can also be caused by a fall from any height or an object falling onto someone’s head. There may be several liable parties, and insurance companies are eager to shift blame to someone else. If you or a loved one has been injured you need our New York City brain injury lawyers from Koenigsberg & Associates Law Offices to determine liability, build a case, and work relentlessly to win justice.
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How Traumatic Brain Injuries Occur
The brain controls the nervous system. All physical movement originates in the brain and injury to the cerebral cortex, or deeper tissue can be devastating. We know there are many causes of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Brain injury may occur when the skull is struck – as in a car accident, an item crashing onto the head, or a fall.
Also, even without a direct impact to the head, the change in direction and velocity of the head can cause the soft brain matter to strike bone, injuring the tissue. Whiplash is a major cause of TBI, even when the head does not strike another object. During whiplash, deep tissue is stretched, and brain cells can be damaged. Symptoms differ depending on which part of the brain was impacted.
Symptoms of TBI Include:
- Loss of movement
- Inability to focus
- Mood changes and depression
- Decreased hand-eye coordination
- Inability to make rapid movements
- Headaches and head pain
- Slurred speech
- Difficulty finding the right words (aphasia)
- Memory loss
Traumatic brain injury can cause suffering and disability and often seriously impacts the victim’s employment, family life, and social relationships, leading to problems with loved ones, friends, family, coworkers, and employers. An experienced NYC TBI lawyer from our firm can help recover damages for pain, suffering, and lost wages.
Common Causes of Brain Injuries:
- Construction accidents
- Falls from scaffolds, ladders, or unsecured heights
- Vehicle accidents
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Workplace accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bus accidents
- Roofing accidents
- Falls from an unprotected wall or improperly positioned equipment
- Crane accidents
- Objects falling from buildings or construction sites
What is the Glasgow Coma Scale?
The Glasgow Coma Scale is the most widely used metric to measure the severity of a brain injury. The scale can be broken up into three categories, eye-opening, verbal responses, and motor response. A score is taken of each category separately as well as together.
Normally the injury victim's score is recorded when they are first evaluated and written down. This way any improvement or deterioration can be quickly noted. If, however, a patient is under the influence of any type of substance, in shock or is suffering from low blood oxygen this scoring system can be inaccurate as it does not take into account these factors.
While victims of mild head injuries will most likely recover within a few days or weeks, victims of severe head injuries can often experience long-term or permanent side effects. Symptoms of a severe, or traumatic head injury can be categorized into four groups of symptoms which include physical, cognitive, sensory, and emotional or behavior. To learn more read our blog post, “Common Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury.”
Put 25+ Years of Experience in Your Corner
Given the severity of the effects, the parties responsible for a traumatic brain injury cannot be allowed to shirk their legal and financial responsibility to the victim. Our accomplished legal team has two decades of experience achieving success in catastrophic injury cases, including those involving serious head and spinal cord injuries.
Recently, we recovered 2.5 million dollars for a construction worker who suffered a brain injury when he fell off of an unprotected wall at a construction site and struck his head.