If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to another’s recklessness or wrongdoing, it is well within your rights to seek compensation from the at-fault party. The New York injury attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, are dedicated to helping TBI victims and their families overcome and recover their losses.
Common causes of TBI include auto accidents, slips and falls, motorcycle and bicycle crashes, violent crime, and construction accidents. Depending on the seriousness of the injury and the area of the brain that was affected, the impact of a TBI on a survivor’s life can vary. The following are just some of the issues they may face in the future:
- Difficulty performing previously routine tasks
- Difficulty communicating
- Inability to return to work
- Immediate medical costs for treatment of injury
- Ongoing medical costs for rehabilitation or care
- Additional need for assistance or care from family
- Additional costs for equipment or medical supplies
The financial consequences of a TBI can be particularly difficult to manage. The combination of loss of employment and additional expenses for medical bills, treatment, and equipment can be crippling for a survivor’s family. Even when someone receives disability payments, that may not be enough to fully compensate them. That’s why filing a personal injury claim is often a financial necessity.
- Second impact syndrome: This is the medical name for a second TBI that occurs before the symptoms of the first one have cleared - within hours, days, or even weeks. This is tragically common among high-school athletes, who may ignore their symptoms in order to rejoin a game, or who may be told to "walk off" a minor injury by a coach. SIS can result in brain death and coma, and has a mortality rate of nearly 50%. Scientists believe it happens because a second blow takes away the brain's ability to regulate its own blood supply, which quickly leads to swelling that causes the brain to fail.
- Dementia pugilistica: Also known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy or "punch-drunk syndrome," this brain damage is caused by a patient incurring multiple TBIs over a decade or more. Sufferers gradually lose their memories and other mental abilities, suffer from Parkinson's-like tremors, and may also have problems walking, speaking, and with socially appropriate behavior. Dementia pugilistica also puts victims at increased risk for Alzheimer's disease and other degenerative neurological disorders.
For most personal injury claims, the plaintiff has three years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit. This is why it is important to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
As a TBI survivor, you and your family are facing are facing a dire financial future. With strong legal representation from the skilled attorneys at WRSH, you can recover for your current losses, and be compensated for future costs and losses. A personal injury claim will also take into account the non-economic losses you may have suffered, such as pain and suffering, and the loss of enjoyment of life.
If an insurance company contacts you, do not speak to them until you’ve consulted a lawyer. This is true for even your own insurance company. What you say after an accident can damage your case going forward. Refer all insurance company inquiries to your legal counsel.
Phil Russotti recently obtained settlements for two brain damaged individuals and their families totaling guaranteed payouts in excess of $16,000,000.
Phil Russotti obtained an $11.1 million verdict in Queens County Supreme Court, for a 53 year old man who was injured on a construction site at a New York City High School.
The female plaintiff fell down a flight of stairs at work and suffered a brain herniation that compressed the brain stem, which she contended was due to delayed treatment at the hospital emergency room.
New York lawyer, Philip Russotti, won a $10,200,000 settlement for an infant who has catastrophic neurologic injuries caused by brain damage that resulted from herpes that went undiagnosed in 2003.
Following brain trauma, you and your family have a lot to deal with. Let the compassionate NYC injury attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, take care of the details of your legal issues, while you focus on your personal needs. Call (212) 986-7353 for a free case evaluation.