In general, you have only two years to have one of our experienced New York City personal injury attorneys to file your lawsuit. However, it’s never wise to wait very long since critical evidence can be easily lost or misplaced. It can also become harder to locate possible witnesses who might be able to support your version of the events leading up to your accident.
Should you need for us to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a close family member who died due to a TBI-related accident, you will have three years to file your lawsuit. However, it’s never wise to postpone filing this type of case since delays usually make it harder to present all the most compelling evidence available on your behalf.
A TBI is usually described as any forceful blow to the head – or a serious jolt or bump to it – that’s strong enough to interfere with normal brain functioning. Even shaking someone hard by the shoulders can cause a TBI in some situations.
People frequently suffer this type of injury due to falls, motor vehicle accidents, assaults, being hit by heavy objects, specific types of medical malpractice – or when fighting in military war zones.
They occur constantly in everyday life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that close to 30% of all injury deaths involve TBIs. Those most likely to suffer this type of injury are children age four or younger, teens between ages 15 and 19 – and adults over the age of 65. Nearly half a million emergency room visits are made each year after infants and children up to age 14 suffer head injuries. However, the largest number of TBI-related trips to ERs are made by those age 75 and older. Recent years have seen a definite increase in these types of accidents. In fact, during 2013, falls alone led to 47% of all TBI-related trips to emergency rooms – many of which resulted in hospitalizations (or death).
Concussions: These commonly cause survivors to briefly lose consciousness, become disoriented and confused — or suffer temporary or more lasting memory loss.
Skull Fractures: Signs of this type of injury can include: bruising, bleeding, and swelling – although they may not be visible. Permanent brain damage (or even death) can occur after the most serious skull fractures – especially when they aren’t promptly evaluated.
Intracranial hemorrhage: Tests are often run to determine whether TBI patients have developed any bleeding inside their skulls that may also involve blood clots.
Cerebral contusions: These types of injuries often result in both memory or attention difficulties.
These are just some of the many types of traumatic brain injuries that people may suffer following different types of serious blows to the head.
Physicians view all brain injuries as serious matters. However, after your doctors have observed your behavior and examined your test results, they may note that you are suffering from either a mild traumatic brain injury (MBTI) – or a more moderate or severe case. Each of these designations refer to your level of cognitive impairment or ability to think clearly and easily communicate with others. Those coping with lighter cases may only suffer temporary problems like minor headaches, special sensitivity to light and sound, depression and a limited degree of memory loss.
Patients coping with more moderate cases may experience problems moving different limbs. The most serious cases often involve patients who are in a vegetative state or a coma.
Always keep in mind that even those initially thought to only have minor TBI symptoms can develop much more serious problems, including seizures, in the near future or at a much later date.
Yes, it often is – that’s why we do all we can to negotiate the highest possible settlement amount for you – or take your case to trial. You’ll need help covering not just past and present medical expenses – but also all your future medical needs.
We will seek to have you fully compensated for all past and future lost earnings, your pain and suffering, your medical bills – and for all your future medical care and needs. You may want to review our Verdicts and Settlements page to learn more about the generous settlements and trial victories we’ve achieved in the past for many of our clients. We will do all we can to make sure your needs are fully addressed.
Symptoms and long-term deficits can vary greatly. However, a fair number of TBI survivors may struggle with diminished motor capabilities – problems getting around on their own. These difficulties may be temporary or permanent. You may also have trouble sleeping during different phases of your recovery and treatment. Some survivors also develop depression as they confront the reality that certain changes or losses may be permanent.
Secondary injuries can also develop in the form of seizures. If these start, you will need to consult with a qualified neurologist to bring them under control. Although it may seem rather intimidating to adjust to all these physical and cognitive changes, you may be surprised by the number of kind people and local support groups happy to help you redefine your daily life activities and goals. If you cannot readily locate one – you can always ask someone at your local hospital (or place of worship) if they would be willing to let you and others battling serious illnesses and disabilities meet there regularly.
It’s often a good idea to contact a social worker at a local hospital to help you arrange special transportation to and from medical appointments. Fortunately, many rehabilitation groups will provide you with transportation if you live in a large metropolitan area. As your condition improves, you may soon want to take part in NY Brain Injury Association activities.
Yes, your attorney and assigned paralegal will be in touch with you regularly. You are also free to call our office with any questions you may have. We make it a point to be as compassionate and caring as possible when interacting with all our clients.
Our firm will handle your brain injury action without any payment of attorney’s fees from our clients. We handle matters with a contingency fee arrangement which means that our firm will receive a percentage of the recovery we are able to obtain on behalf of our clients. The fee to the lawyer is dependent or contingent upon a successful resolution of our client’s case and is paid at the conclusion of the case. The New York Appellate Division has approved a 33 and 1/3rd percentage contingent compensation for personal injury matters.
A trauma to the brain can in fact cause a seizure disorder and or epilepsy. This is true whether the initial trauma was mild, moderate, or severe.
A seizure is an explosion in the brain. A person’s cerebral activity is regulated by electrical impulses which are sent when the nerves in the brain fire charges that pass from one nerve cell to another. When a seizure occurs, the nerve cells cease to fire properly and instead fire with sudden, short and intense energy.
Epilepsy is a recurrent condition of seizures. It is used to describe when someone has multiple seizures.
A seizure disorder or epilepsy can develop at any time following head trauma ranging from immediately after an accident to one day, a few weeks, or even more than one year later.
Yes. Usually a seizure will start in a specific location within the brain and then it may or may not travel to other areas of the brain.
a. What is Grand Mal seizure?
When a seizure starts in one part of the brain and then spreads to other areas of the head, it is called a generalized or grand mal seizure.
b. What is a partial seizure?
A seizure where only a small area of the brain is affected.
An EEG, is a medical test used to measure the electrical activity in the brain. However, the electrical firing of the brain may be normal at the time when the EEG test is taken prompting a doctor to order a 24 hour continuous EEG or further medical testing.