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New York City Brain Injury Frequently Asked Questions

New York City Brain Injury Frequently Asked Questions

The quality of a person’s daily life can be greatly compromised by incurring a head injury. If you’ve suffered a moderate to severe head injury, immediate medical treatment and rehabilitation are usually required. Many survivors of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) find it difficult to quickly return to their jobs — and to handle various parenting or household tasks.

Our law firm understands the extreme stress that you and your family are under right now. It’s our goal to help all clients obtain the medical care they need while we’re investigating the negligent behavior of those who harmed them — or the specific events that caused their traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

Once you hire our firm, we’ll start preparing your case and gathering together all the most pertinent evidence on your behalf. We’ll then try to negotiate a settlement with the lawyers representing the defendant. We’ll fight for the full amount you deserve to compensate you for all your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost earnings, and future medical expenses. If an early settlement can’t be reached, we’ll continue preparing your case for trial.

To help you better understand the key aspects of a brain injury, we’ve put together the material set forth below. After briefly discussing the general symptoms of brain injuries, we also look at some of the most common types. We’ve also included some general TBI recovery tips.

How Is a Traumatic Brain Injury Often Defined?

This type of injury often occurs after some type of external force impacts the brain causing it to sometimes swell or bleed internally. In some instances, a person’s head may be greatly shaken — or the skull can be fractured after the individual’s head strikes a hard surface (like a car’s dashboard) or is penetrated by a foreign object. Doctors often view TBIs as mild, moderate or severe.

  • A mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) may just cause temporary functional difficulties. There may or may not be a loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes. People often report feeling rather dazed or even dizzy while coping with this type of injury;
  • Moderate to severe TBIs can involve far more troubling symptoms. Someone who endures one of these may lose consciousness for a period of minutes or even hours. In a few of the worst cases, the person can fall into a coma. While most comas only last a period of days or a few weeks – they can last for many years in highly complex cases.

Some doctors view TBIs as harm that occurs after birth due to events that are unrelated to hereditary, degenerative or birth trauma damages. Acquired brain injuries include those that are caused by near drowning, strokes, tumors, electric shock – and the much more common causes set forth below.

What Are the Most Frequent Causes of Such Injuries?

  • Car accidents
  • Falls
  • Head injuries incurred during sports activities
  • Assaults and gunshot wounds
  • Blasts caused by explosions – and general combat injuries

Additional Symptoms That May Appear After a TBI or Other Blow to the Head

  • Loss of balance
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Drowsiness and basic fatigue
  • Sleeping excessively
  • Moderate to severe headaches
  • Sleep disturbances – such as difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Feeling unusually confused
  • Blurred vision or ringing in the ears
  • Increased sensitivity to light and sound

Patients who suffer concussions often report many of the symptoms set forth above, along with difficulties with their speech, headaches, concentration, memory, sense of smell and taste – and mood disorders. All suspected concussions and any apparent “minor” head injury should be fully evaluated by a physician or emergency room staff.

Recovery Tips That Can Help After You Obtain Immediate Medical Treatment

  • Make sure you get plenty of rest. Once your doctor says you can return to work, do so slowly — adding new activities to your schedule after you’re clearly showing signs of physical and cognitive improvement;
  • Avoid all dangerous activities that could expose you to another TBI. Secondary injuries are far too common and can greatly lower your chances of long-term recovery. Whatever else you do, avoid prematurely returning to any type of job that requires you to work outdoors, on unstable surfaces – or anywhere near falling objects;
  • Wait until your doctor says you’re ready to return to certain activities. Get considerable rest before driving a car again or riding a motorcycle (or regular bicycle) again. You must also avoid using heavy equipment until you’re certain that your vision and coordination are completely normal again;
  • Carefully follow all doctor directions regarding your prescriptions. Never mix them with alcohol or other drugs that you haven’t disclosed to your doctor. Even certain vitamins and OTCs (over-the-counter drugs) can alter the way your prescribed drugs are supposed to work;
  • Give yourself time to recover your memory and heal from depression or moodiness. Be gentle with your personal expectations. Different types of brain injuries can require many weeks or months before significant improvements can be made. Scheduling time to speak with a psychotherapist can prove very beneficial to anyone trying to learn more about their “new normal” way of experiencing life. Remember — there’s always good reason to have hope for your future.