If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you need urgent and ongoing medical intervention. If the brain injury was caused by the negligence or recklessness of someone else, you also need the services of an experienced brain injury attorney who will fight hard to ensure that you obtain the resources you will need going forward.
How Traumatic Brain Injuries Occur
Although the brain is well-protected by the hard case of the skull, it is, unfortunately, still vulnerable to serious injury due to:
- Car, truck, motorcycle or pedestrian accident
- Slip and fall on someone else’s property
- Construction accident
- Sports activity
- Medical malpractice
In a significant number of cases, brain injuries are due to negligence on the part of government agencies, such as the police department, the city, county or town in which the accident took place, bus or railroad authorities, or the department of education. If this is the situation in your particular case, it is crucial to have a TBI attorney who routinely handles such settlements.
In and around New York City, Michael LoGiudice, LLP is a law firm committed to proving the liability of the impaired driver, the construction company that did not properly maintain its equipment, the sports supervisors who failed to replace broken protective gear, the doctor who misread the test results, or the city that neglected to do necessary maintenance on its roadways. Michael LoGiudice, with his legal prowess and track record of successful outcomes, is worthy of your trust.
The Cost of TBIs
If you are like most people, you will not be able to manage the enormous long-term costs resulting from a traumatic brain injury without substantial financial assistance. Not only are there likely to be high medical and surgical expenses; you may very well be burdened with the exorbitant cost of long-term nursing care either at home or in a nursing facility. It is also probable that, at least for the foreseeable future, you will be unable to engage in gainful employment and have to undergo extensive rehabilitation.
How a Talented Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney Can Help
New York, like other states, has laws entitling you to compensation if someone else is responsible for your injury, but in most cases you will have to file a personal injury lawsuit in order to receive it. This is why it is essential to have a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer representing you who will:
- Carefully investigate the accident site
- Examine the police report and medical records
- Interview witnesses
- Consult with necessary experts who may testify on your behalf
- File all required legal documents promptly
- Handle all communications with insurance companies and opposing attorneys
Above all, your TBI attorney should be a strong negotiator and aggressive litigator who has the skill set to win you the substantial damages you deserve.
Not All Traumatic Brain Injuries Are the Same
TBIs are classified according to the type of damage that has occurred. They are designated as closed when caused by a blow to the head that causes the brain to hit the skull or open when a skull fracture occurs by a fall, a collision, or an object penetrating the skull.
Additionally a traumatic brain injury is designated as mild, moderate or severe depending on how long the patient is unconscious. While a mild TBI involves less than 30 minutes of lost consciousness and may resolve with minimal consequences, a severe TBI may cause the patient to remain unconscious for a much longer time, even for years. Severe TBIs almost always result in significant cognitive impairment.
The Wide Range of Symptoms Caused by TBIs
Victims of traumatic brain injuries may experience any or all of the following symptoms:
- Confusion or disorientation
- Headaches, dizziness, lightheadedness
- Cognitive impairment, psychiatric symptoms
- Blurred vision or ringing in the ears
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Sleep and balance issues
- Slurred speech
- Nausea or vomiting
In worst case scenarios, severe TBIs may result in coma, locked-in syndrome, or vegetative states which may or may not be permanent. A small percentage of TBIs result in immediate death.
Obtaining the Damages You Need Requires a Skilled TBI Attorney
No matter how evident the defendant’s liability appears to you and your family, the court will make the decision about whether or not you will receive damages and how much they will be. Therefore, your choice of personal injury attorney is critical. Choosing wisely will mean that you give yourself and your family the best possible chance of receiving sufficient funds to:
- Pay medical, surgical, nursing, and therapy costs
- Replace lost income, present or future
- Make your home handicapped-accessible
- Compensate for your pain and suffering
- Compensate for disfigurement or permanent disability
- Compensate for loss of enjoyment of life
Make sure that you choose an TBI attorney with extensive experience, compassion for all you have been through, and a history of positive verdicts and settlements.