Traumatic brain injuries (“TBIs”) can have a dramatic effect on the lives and the families of those who have experienced trauma. Every year 1.4 million people in the United States suffer from brain injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”). The CDC has also estimated that at least 5.3 million people in the United States have long-term care needs because they have suffered a TBI. Oftentimes, the victims of brain injuries are permanently disabled or will require years of rehabilitation.
At Greenberg and Greenberg, our TBI lawyers have over 70 years of collective legal experience in helping clients obtain fair compensation. We understand head injuries carry significant medical and legal implications and we recognize that a personal injury claim can add emotional stress to the situation. We are prepared to handle your claim so that you can focus on recovering.
Traumatic Brain Injury
A TBI occurs when the head experiences a sudden impact with an external force, such as the dashboard of a car. It can also occur when the head is whipped back and forth quickly, such as when a car stops suddenly. Brain injuries are potentially life-altering events and can result in short- or long-term impairment or even wrongful death.
TBIs have different levels of severity and can affect each victim differently. A TBI victim may need to readjust areas of his or her life and it is possible that he or she will be unable to continue living the way he or she did prior to the brain injury. The victim’s personality, physical abilities, and mental state may be altered after experiencing a brain injury.
There are three categories into which brain injuries are generally placed: mild, moderate, or severe. A victim who suffers a “mild” brain injury will typically suffer a period of lost consciousness, confusion, or disorientation for less than 30 minutes. The word “mild,” as used by doctors, does not mean that there is not an injury.
Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury
The effects of a TBI can be far-reaching and extremely debilitating. There can be both long-term physical disability and severe cognitive and behavior changes that will often produce disruptions in the victim’s quality of life. Consequences of TBIs include:
- Cognitive: Short- or long-term memory loss; spatial disorientation; and difficulty concentrating, communicating, or planning.
- Psychological/Behavioral: Anxiety, depression, mood swings, agitation, impulsivity.
- Physical: Seizures; chronic headaches; partial or complete paralysis; speech impairment; vision, hearing, smell, or taste loss.
An important first step in setting goals for rehabilitation is an evaluation of the persons cognitive, behavioral, and physical deficits. Victims of TBIs should not have to bear the financial costs of an accident when it was not their fault.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
A blow to the head or a penetrating injury that causes a disruption to normal brain functions will often result in a TBI. The leading cause of TBIs in adolescents and adults are motor vehicle accidents. Slip-and-fall accidents are the types of accidents in children under four and the elderly that tend to result in brain injuries. Other common causes of brain injuries include construction site accidents, physical assault, athletic accidents, shaken-baby syndrome, accidents at home, work, or outdoors.
You may be eligible to file a lawsuit if you have suffered a traumatic brain injury because of the negligent or reckless actions of another party. We can help you in recovering compensation for the costs of medical expenses and rehabilitation, lost income, diminished earning capacity, property damage, and pain and suffering. Contact one of our attorneys to determine whether you can file a lawsuit.
Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuits
At the law firm of Greenberg and Greenberg, our lawyers can help victims of TBIs secure the fair compensation to which they are entitled. If you have suffered brain trauma as a result of a TBI, you may be eligible to receive compensation for:
- Medical Expenses;
- Rehabilitation Costs;
- Lost Income;
- Diminished Earning Capacity;
- Property Damage; and
- Pain and Suffering.
If you have suffered a brain injury, we urge you to contact us. With over 70 years of collective legal experience, our brain injury lawyers have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Our attorneys serve every one of our TBI clients with dedicated and effective representation, as well as a high level of personalized attention.
Contact Our Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
Have you suffered a brain injury? Our TBI lawyers are here to help. With more than 70 years of combined experience, we will meticulously prepare each of your claims and are willing and able to go to trial.
The Hudson traumatic brain injury attorneys at Greenberg and Greenberg handle cases throughout New York State, including Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, and Albany County. Our legal team has earned a reputation for dedicated service to our clients injured in New York personal injury accidents. Please contact us today to receive a FREE case evaluation by dialing locally to 518-828-3336 or call toll free at 877-469-9300.