Discuss Your Claim with Top NY Brain Injury Attorneys
If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury, coma or other serious injury, you should speak with the New York brain injury attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP today.
I got hit on the head, but I don't think it was serious -- I was only out for a minute and my head stopped hurting the next day. Could I still have sustained serious damage?
I have seizures as a result of a head injury from a few years ago. Can I still sue the people responsible for my injury?
Anyone with a TBI might experience temporary loss of consciousness, temporary amnesia, headaches, nausea and confusion. A more serious TBI might cause those symptoms plus problems with moving, problems with sleep, sensitivity to light and noise, listlessness, ringing in the ears, dilated pupils, trouble seeing or hearing or clear fluid leaking from the ears and nose. If you see any of these, or if the milder symptoms persist beyond a day or two, get medical attention.
Yes and no. Brain tissue cannot be replaced; once it's gone, its functions are gone too. But the brain is remarkably good at adapting, especially in young children. And with good medical treatment and rehabilitation, your daughter should be able to relearn what she's lost and learn new ways to perform functions she can't recover.
Q: At the hospital, the doctors did an MRI, said they didn't see anything serious and sent me home. A week later, I started noticing symptoms that I think might be related to the injury. Is it possible for symptoms of a head injury not to appear right away?
Absolutely. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that it may take weeks for symptoms of a TBI to appear, especially if the patient is functioning normally. Sometimes an injury causes blood vessels in the brain to rupture, building up pressure that affects the patient more greatly over time. You should visit the doctor again, and insist on a reevaluation.
Q: I got hit on the head, but I don't think it was serious -- I was only out for a minute and my head stopped hurting the next day. Could I still have sustained serious damage?
Yes. The effects of a concussion (a closed head injury that doesn't cause bleeding) can reappear or continue over a long period of time; this is called post-concussion syndrome. And the effects of multiple head injuries -- puglista dementia and Second Impact Syndrome -- can build up over time, causing serious symptoms and sometimes even death. The sooner you get treatment, the better the outcome is likely to be.
Q: My father hit his head in a car accident, and he can't live alone anymore. We tried to take care of him without help, but we just can't afford it. What are our options?
Full-time care is extremely expensive, but sometimes it's the best option for a patient whose loved ones realize they can't do this alone. If your father's accident was caused by the other driver -- or by bad roads or defective auto parts -- you may be able to sue the party who was at fault for the crash. Under the law, people who are careless or deliberately break the law are financially responsible for the results of their actions. That includes your father's inability to be independent.
Q: I have seizures as a result of a head injury from a few years ago. At the time, I thought I could live with it, but now it's affecting my ability to work, and thus my ability to earn money. Can I still sue the people responsible for my injury?
It's possible, but it depends on the circumstances and the state where you were injured. The statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits in New York is just three years. That's why it's important to contact a New York injury lawyer at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP as soon as you think you may want to file a traumatic brain injury lawsuit.
You can recover damages -- that is, money -- to compensate you for all the costs of the TBI. That includes money to cover all the financial costs associated with the TBI, including inpatient care, rehabilitation, lost wages and inability to work in the future; and compensation for less tangible losses like a permanent disability, loss of a loved one's care, loss of ability to parent, and pain and suffering. For a more detailed evaluation of what you could recover, please contact our law firm at (212) 986-7353.
In order to pursue a TBI lawsuit, you must be able to file within the statute of limitations; to prove that you are injured; to prove that the injury was caused by the defendant's deliberate act or carelessness; and to show a jury the extent of your injuries, including financial and emotional injuries as well as physical ones. An experienced NY traumatic brain injury attorney know how to prove all of these things, where to find experts to explain it to a jury, and how to calculate the full cost of a lifetime with a TBI.