New York City Brain Injury Attorney
Helping Catastrophic Injury Victims in the Bronx, Queens & Brooklyn
Every year, an estimated 1.4 million Americans suffer a head injury and/or a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and tens of thousands die as a result. Roughly another 80,000 each year will experience lifelong or long-term disabilities and complications due to their TBI. When an accident is the source of those injuries, as they are in most cases, the party that caused the accident could be held liable for a lifetime of damages.
If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, our New York City brain injury lawyers from Koenigsberg & Associates Law Offices would like to help. We can use our extensive legal experience to determine liability, build a case, and work relentlessly to win justice and compensation in your name.
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How Traumatic Brain Injuries Occur
Brain injuries often occur when the head is struck harshly, such as in a car accident. Some safety groups estimate that at least half of all TBIs in the country are caused by a vehicle accident. A sudden jerking motion to the neck can cause the brain to strike the inside of the skull and cause a concussion. This type of abrupt and dangerous movement is common in rear-end accidents, causing both whiplash and a TBI.
Devastating brain injuries can also be caused by oxygen deprivation, unsafe blood toxicity levels, and high fevers that last for many hours. Oftentimes, such brain injury causes can be linked to a medical setting and some form of medical malpractice, such as failing to monitor a patient’s vital signs while they are in surgery.
Common causes of brain injuries:
- Construction accidents
- Vehicle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Workplace accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bus accidents
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
Some physical symptoms are short-term and will heal with the injury itself. Lacerations to the face and head, as well as headaches and nausea, may gradually heal with plenty of rest. However, other physical symptoms of a TBI may be permanent.
Permanent physical symptoms could include:
- Changes in appetite
- Chronic pain
- Loss of stamina
- Sleep disorders
- Physical paralysis or spasticity
- Menstrual difficulties
- Loss of control of bladder or bowels
A cognitive injury can include the inability to speak or understand language, the inability to read and write, and memory loss. Victims may also have difficulty concentrating, and they may be confused and take a long time to process things. Cognitive symptoms may be permanent, but speech therapy and other forms of treatment may help a victim recover.
TBIs may also result in sensory impairment. This includes the lost sense of taste and smell, as well as tinnitus or hearing loss. Furthermore, victims may suffer partial or full blindness, involuntary eye movements, blurred vision, light intolerance, double vision, and difficulty judging distance. A TBI may also result in difficulty interpreting texture, temperature, movement, and limb position.
Behavioral & Emotional Symptoms
In severe cases, TBI victims have demonstrated changes in personality and behavior. They may become moody, anxious, depressed, irritable, aggressive, impulsive, and antisocial. Furthermore, victims of TBIs may have a lack of motivation and may struggle with dependent behaviors and disinhibition.
A traumatic brain injury can cause suffering and disabilities that seriously impact the victim’s employment, family life, and social relationships, leading to problems with loved ones, friends, family, coworkers, and employers.
Miscellaneous & Common Symptoms
Other symptoms of a TBI that occur in most cases include:
- Immobility of certain body parts
- Inability to focus or confusion
- Mood changes and depression
- Decreased hand-eye coordination
- Headaches and head pain
- Slurred speech
- Difficulty finding the right words (aphasia)
- Memory loss
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 responses. 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. This way, any improvement or deterioration can be quickly noted. If, however, a patient is under the influence of any type of substance, is in shock, or is suffering from low blood oxygen, this scoring system can be inaccurate because it does not take into account these factors.
Your Glasgow Coma Scale rating can be used to determine the severity of your brain injury and factor into how your damages are calculated. A person who has rated poorly on this scale is likely to experience lifelong consequences of their brain injury, and the damages they are provided should reflect as much.
Put 25+ Years of Experience in Your Corner
People who negligently cause another to suffer a traumatic brain injury cannot be allowed to shirk their legal and financial responsibilities. Our accomplished team of New York City traumatic brain injury attorneys has more than two decades of experience achieving success in catastrophic injury cases, including those involving serious head and brain injuries. Recently, we recovered $2.5 million 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. We would like to see if we can deliver the same outstanding legal services to you and your family as well.
For reliable legal guidance, please get in touch with us today. Call (718) 690-3132 to schedule free an initial consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Brain Injuries
Who is at the highest risk for a TBI?
Studies from groups like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that adolescents, young adults, and seniors older than 75 are at the highest risk of suffering a TBI. Men are also twice as likely to suffer a TBI than women in most demographics.
How is a TBI classified into mild, moderate, or severe?
In most medical contexts, a TBI is “mild” if the victim does not lose consciousness or loses it for less than 30 minutes. A TBI is “moderate” if unconsciousness lasts between 31 minutes and 24 hours. If unconsciousness lasts for more than a day, then the TBI is classified as “severe.”
What is a penetrating head injury?
A head injury is “penetrating” when the skull is pierced or cracked, exposing or damaging the brain. Penetrating head injuries are extremely dangerous, require emergency medical attention, and can be fatal or cause permanent disabilities.
What is a blast injury to the head?
An explosion creates a concussive force that moves through the air and solid objects. When that concussive force collides with a person’s head, it can rattle the brain inside the skull and cause a blast injury.
Why is it so difficult to predict the outcome of a TBI?
Symptoms of a brain injury are so difficult to predict because everyone’s neurons are networked uniquely. You could suffer identical damage to part of your brain as another person, and you would both experience different symptoms. Brain injuries are also prone to worsen with time, and new, unpredictable symptoms can arise as time passes.