Brain injuries rank as one of the most debilitating forms of injury that someone can suffer in a serious accident. An average of 2,100 New Yorkers die and another 18,500 are hospitalized for brain injuries each year, joining more than 5 million Americans already living with disabilities caused by head trauma.
If you or someone you love sustained a brain injury in a New York accident caused by someone else, you can count on Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, to fight for you. Contact Binghamton accident attorney online today or call our New York law office at (607) 724-7700 for a free consultation.
Our Binghamton accident lawyer will work with economic and medical experts to prepare your brain injury case so that you can obtain the maximum award to help cover the astronomical cost of medical bills, surgery, lost earnings, anticipated future expenses, loss of productivity and pain and suffering. We will also help you decide whether it is more prudent to fight or to settle a case in order to obtain the maximum awards.
Defining Brain Injuries in New York
A head injury, or traumatic brain injury, is any type of trauma to the head that results in an injury to the skull, brain or scalp. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1.7 million Americans acquire some type of brain injury each year. The average lifetime cost of fulfilling the brain-injured person’s medical needs, financial needs, and long-term treatment can total in the millions, based on the nature of the injury and degree of disability. The New York State Department of Health estimates that in-state hospitalizations cost almost $38,000 and emergency room visits average $1,900 per stay.
Brain injuries vary in type and severity. Many can be mild and will resolve in time. Others, however, can be catastrophic. That holds true no matter what type of brain injury may occur, such as closed head damage, penetrating head trauma or a brain injury caused by oxygen deprivation. Statistics show that 20 to 30 percent of surviving victims of brain injuries sustain permanent, irreversible disabilities.
Many head injuries are preventable and are caused by the negligence of another person in accidents such as motor vehicle wrecks, construction accidents, hunting accidents, ATV accidents, boating crashes or falls. Car accidents are the leading cause of brain injuries in the U.S., and most of the accidents are due to negligence.
Common Types of Head Injuries
The most common types of brain injuries include:
- Concussion: A blow to the head may result in a concussion, characterized by symptoms such as loss of consciousness, amnesia, vertigo, nausea and weak pulse.
- Anoxic brain injury: These types of injuries occur when oxygen supply to the brain is cut off, causing cell death and resulting in cognitive disabilities.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI): Traumatic brain injuries can happen when there is rapid acceleration and deceleration of the brain in a violent accident. TBIs can include shearing (or tearing) of nerve fibers, contusions (bruising) of the brain tissue against the skull, brain stem injuries, and edema (swelling).
Consequences of a Traumatic Brain Injury
While many New York accidents do not result in death or serious brain injuries, others have a drastic effect on victims’ lives. Some people are never able to work again, attend school or maintain personal relationships with family, friends and children. Even for those who are not disabled entirely, life after a brain injury can be difficult because more mental effort is required to do even the simplest of tasks. The injured party may even become violent or combative out of frustration.
Medically speaking, the long-term effects of a traumatic brain or head injury can include cognitive problems, reduction in motor skills and other physical deficits.
Many people who suffer from serious brain injuries can have trouble with walking, balance, coordination and strength. Cognitive deficits include speech problems, difficulty communicating with others and deficits with information processing, memory and perception. Many victims exhibit personality changes (such as mood swings), loss of short and long-term memory, emotional problems, loss of sensation, seizures, paralysis and coma or vegetative state.
On average, the lifetime expense to care for someone with a brain injury is estimated to be $2 million or more. Most families, particularly those who are suddenly reduced to a single income, do not have the financial resources to cover such devastating losses. That’s why New York personal injury law allows brain-injured victims to file a lawsuit against parties whose negligence contributed to the accident.
If negligence is the cause, the victim may be entitled to recover damages, including all current and future medical costs, property damage, pain and suffering, loss of current and future earnings, loss of enjoyment of life and, in some cases, punitive damages. The victim’s family may also be entitled to be compensated for damages if members are forced to change their lifestyle in order to care for the loved one.
Contact a New York Brain Injury Lawyer Now
Experience counts. At Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, our overall goal is to help you obtain the compensation you need following a New York brain injury accident. Our Binghamton head injury lawyer invites you to consider our three decades of experience and to view our past results. We are happy to discuss your claim in a consultation free of charge.
If you feel that you or a loved one has suffered due to a preventable brain injury in New York, call our 24-hour answering service at (607) 724-7700 or contact our Binghamton accident lawyer via our online contact form. All calls and inquiries are responded to the same day, usually within one hour.