Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by trauma to the brain, rather than by disease. TBI can be caused by a forceful blow, bump, or jolt to the head or body, or by an object that pierces the skull and enters the brain, such as a bullet. Severe traumatic brain injury can have life-altering consequences for victims and their families. If you have sustained TBI through the negligence of another, it is in your best interests to speak with an experienced Brooklyn traumatic brain injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Many types of accidents and injuries can damage the brain. Common causes of TBI include:
- Car accidents: The force of a car crash can cause the brain to strike the hard bone on the inside of the skull, damaging delicate brain tissues and nerves.
- Truck accidents: A fully loaded 18-wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 pounds or more. In a collision with a big rig, passenger vehicle occupants are likely to suffer serious injuries, including TBI.
- Motorcycle accidents: Motorcyclists lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle. Riders can be ejected from the bike in a collision and sustain blunt force trauma to the head.
- Bicycle accidents: During a recent 10-year period, an estimated 596,972 patients were treated in emergency rooms for bicycle-related traumatic brain injury, as stated by CDC. Bicycling is the leading cause of sports related TBI in the U.S.
- Pedestrian accidents: A pedestrian’s head can be struck by the vehicle or hit the pavement hard in a collision with a 4,000 pound motor vehicle.
- Construction site accidents: The construction industry has the highest number of fatal and nonfatal work-related traumatic brain injuries of all U.S. workplaces, as reported by CDC. Construction workers have a higher risk of TBI because they can fall from roofs, scaffolds, and ladders or be struck by flying or falling objects.
- Medical malpractice: Doctors and medical practitioners can cause traumatic brain injury through misuse of forceps and vacuum extractors when delivering babies, and through other forms of medical negligence.
- Wrongful death: Traumatic brain injury can be fatal. When a victim dies from TBI sustained in an injury caused by someone else’s negligence, surviving family members of the deceased may seek justice for their loved one and compensation for their losses in a wrongful death claim.
When an accident is caused by negligence or wrongdoing, injury victims are entitled to hold responsible parties financially liable. Common damages in severe traumatic brain injury claims include:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Long-term care
- Mobility aids and home modifications
- Lost wages or earnings
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of consortium
Our experienced Brooklyn personal injury attorneys can investigate your accident to determine fault and liability and secure evidence to support your claim. We can build a strong case based on the facts, assess the full extent of your losses – past, present, and future – negotiate skillfully with insurance companies on your behalf, and fight effectively for the compensation you are entitled to receive.
At Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, we work closely with doctors and other professionals to meticulously prepare TBI cases for the courtroom. We have been AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, named among New York Super Lawyers®, and awarded membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. If you or your loved one has suffered traumatic brain injury in Brooklyn that was someone else’s fault, contact us at (212) 986-7353 to find out how we can help.