Queens Brain Injury Lawyer
When you experience blunt force trauma to the head, the blow jolts your brain inside your skull. Even the smallest impact can result in serious damage to your brain. One of the body’s most important organs, the human brain is a complex internal machine that controls our ability to function. All brain injuries require immediate medical attention. If you or someone you love has experienced a serious injury due to the negligent actions of another person, contact a Queens personal injury attorney at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, without delay.
Two Main Types of Brain Injury
Brain injuries fall under one of two categories: traumatic brain injury (TBI) and acquired brain injury (ABI).
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) – According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a bump, blow, or jolt to the head—or a penetrating head injury—that disrupts normal brain function. A severe TBI can affect the following:
- Cognitive function – A patient may experience trouble with his or her memory and thinking skills.
- Motor function – A patient may exhibit poor balance, muscle weakness, and signs of other impaired motor function.
- Sensation – A patient may experience damage to such sensations as vision, hearing, and touch. Permanent damage may occur in severe cases.
- Behavior/emotions – Patients with severe TBI are often prone to angry outbursts or depression, behaviors that they may not have exhibited before the injury.
Acquired brain injury (ABI) – While this type of brain injury is non-traumatic, it is still devastating. An ABI occurs at the cellular level within the brain. Many acquired brain injuries involve insufficient oxygen or a lack of oxygen to the brain. Examples of an ABI include:
- Choking or strangulation
- Electrical shock
- Exposure to toxic agents
Other types of brain injuries include:
Second Impact Syndrome
An individual may experience a serious brain injury only to acquire a second one before the first one heals. This type of injury is often referred to as second impact syndrome. A second injury can occur weeks or months after the first and result in brain swelling and other damage.
A concussion is especially serious because signs and/or symptoms may not initially appear. Even if you feel fine after a blow to the head, you should seek medical attention anyway.
Symptoms like dizziness, headaches, and blurred vision may not present until hours or even weeks later. Notifying a medical professional and letting them examine you can help prevent your condition from worsening. Once a doctor knows about your possible concussion, he or she can closely monitor you for any changes.
Severe brain injuries may leave a patient in a coma or, sadly, end the patient’s life. A traumatic injury where an object penetrates the skull and enters the brain is often fatal.
Watching someone you love struggle with a brain injury is upsetting and frustrating. You may feel that there is little you can do to alleviate his or her pain and sadness. You do have legal options that may reduce some of your stress. Worrying about how to pay for your loved one’s care can emotionally drain you.
A personal injury claim is often the best option for pursuing justice for your loved one’s injury. Determining whether you have a claim is where we can help. At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, we offer free case evaluations. Upon reviewing the details of your case, we will advise as to whether or not it is likely you will be able to collect damages.
Common Causes of Brain Injuries
There are a variety of ways a brain injury can occur due to the negligence of someone else. A few examples of how quickly a brain injury can occur include:
Slips and Falls
When you accept an invitation to visit friends or to shop at the mall for a sale, you do so expecting the property is safe from harm. A slip and fall accident happens in a second and the following circumstances can contribute to your fall:
- A wet floor
- A cord across a heavily used path
- A staircase with no handrail
- A parking lot with no lighting
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), falls are among the leading cause of reported brain injuries. Slip and fall accidents fall under premises liability. Other types of premises liability accidents include:
- A near-drowning of a child in an unsecured pool
- Electrocution due to faulty or exposed wiring
If you or a loved one experienced a brain injury due to an accident on another person’s property, you may be eligible for compensation. No one should pay out-of-pocket expenses due to the negligence of a business or private property owner.
Competitive sports and recreational activities result in approximately 3.8 million brain injuries a year. This number is approximate because as many as 50 percent of brain injuries from sports activities go unreported.
Statistics regarding brain injuries associated with sports activities include:
- The highest rate of emergency room visits for traumatic brain injuries among all age groups is children.
- Approximately 70 percent of all emergency room visits for sports-related brain injuries are teens and children.
- Young children and teens can take longer to recover from a brain injury than adults.
If your child experiences a blow to the head while playing sports, seek immediate medical attention. Don’t let them convince you they are fine, when in fact, they may have a serious concussion.
The CDC lists car accidents as a close second when it comes to common causes of brain injuries. A violent car accident can leave you with not only a severe brain injury but other injuries such as broken bones or internal bleeding.
Pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists are also at risk of experiencing a serious brain injury due to a reckless driver. Common causes of car accidents include:
- Aggressive driving
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
According to the CDC, distracted driving is anything that:
- Takes your eyes off the road.
- Removes your hands from the wheel.
- Takes your mind off driving.
Texting and driving do all three. If a distracted driver caused your serious brain injury, contact Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, today for a free case evaluation. Our legal team believes in holding those liable for injuries accountable for their actions.
Brain Injuries and Associated Costs
A severe brain injury can result in expenses that continue throughout the victim’s lifetime. Some patients with traumatic brain injury may require more care than you can provide at home. Placing your loved one in a skilled living facility is a difficult decision but one that can provide your loved one with the around-the-clock care they need.
Average nursing home costs are $8,000 per month or $275 a day. Even if your loved one doesn’t need the services of a skilled living facility, they may require other medical services. Frequent hospitalizations, expensive medications, and future surgeries can quickly exceed your finances.
If your family is experiencing severe financial stress due to a brain injury that was no fault of their own, contact Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, today. While each case is different, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
How Jacoby & Meyers Can Help
Insurance companies like to settle cases quickly. To do so, they typically contact victims soon after the accident with a settlement offer. While the amount they offer may seem like a lot of money to you and your family, it most likely isn’t enough to cover your future medical needs.
If your loved one needs around-the-clock care, a low dollar settlement won’t last long. Don’t fall for the tactics of aggressive insurance companies. Talk to our legal team instead.
Insurance companies do not consider the rising costs of quality medical care. As costs continue to rise, a personal injury claim is your best chance at obtaining compensation for your brain injury or that of a loved one.
By scheduling a free case evaluation, you are taking an important first step toward justice. Our attorneys will carefully review the details of your case. Should we proceed with litigation, we won’t stop until we secure a fair settlement for you. If we are unable to settle your case out-of-court, we are ready and willing to go to trial.
A traumatic brain injury disrupts your life. Some patients must relearn basic skills and many become dependent on others for their care. Whether it was sports-related, a slip and fall, or a car accident, your brain injury is an ongoing expense you must deal with for the rest of your life.
When it comes to personal injury cases, time is of the essence. The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is two years from the moment you become injured. While this may seem like a long time, it can pass quickly as you deal with your medical appointments and as you adjust to your new life.
At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, we treat all our clients with the respect they deserve. We keep the lines of communication open so that you never have to wonder about the status of your case.
Brain Injuries Are Traumatic and Serious
When someone causes harm to our loved one, it is understandable to want instant justice. In an attempt to obtain compensation faster, you may be tempted to negotiate with an insurance company on your own. This is extremely risky and places you at risk for no compensation as a result.
Personal injury cases involving brain injuries are complex and require the skills of a licensed, professional lawyer. There is no such thing as instant justice, there is, however, the possibility of justice in the form of fair compensation.
Legal claims take time. Knowing someone is at work representing your best interests can help you to focus on other matters. If you or a loved one suffered a serious brain injury due to the negligence of another person, contact Jacoby & Meyers, LLP.
A brain injury is a very serious injury and it requires immediate attention. Unlike some injuries, there is no quick recovery—and sometimes no recovery is even possible.
A personal injury claim is a civil action that is your right under New York law. While there is no guarantee of financial compensation, your free case evaluation is your chance to discover your options for moving forward.
How you proceed immediately following an accident or event that caused your injury is very important. The best course of action is to not speak with insurance company representatives and to secure legal representation.
Jacoby & Meyers, LLP: Serving Brain Injury Victims in Queens
Let our legal team review your case as soon as possible. At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, we have nearly 50 years of serving residents in and around Queens. We also proudly represent clients throughout New York and New Jersey.
Your brain injury due to the reckless actions of another person isn’t fair. No matter how safe you play a sport or how safe you drive, a traumatic brain injury can happen in a second due to the carelessness of someone else.
Be proactive and gather your medical bills, pictures of the accident, and contact information for witnesses. Bring the information with you to your free case evaluation. Police reports are also valuable documents when it comes to filing a personal injury claim.
We can’t do anything about you or your loved one’s injuries but we can pursue fair compensation on your behalf. Let us help you demand accountability from those liable for the changes to your life. Once we take your case, the legal team at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, won’t settle until we reach the best possible outcome for you. For a free case evaluation, call us at (877)-565-2993 or click here to contact us.