Every day in our state, nearly 157 brain injuries resulting in hospitalization or death occur, as reported by the New York Department of Health. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) causes more than 2,200 deaths, 38,000 emergency room visits, and 17,000 hospitalizations among New York residents every year. TBI is a common injury in Staten Island from motor vehicle collisions, falls, assaults, and other incidents. The age groups with the highest risk are young children, young adults, and the elderly.
If you or your loved one has suffered traumatic brain injury through someone else’s negligence, call the Staten Island brain injury lawyers at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP for exceptional legal counsel. We are a personal injury and medical malpractice firm that has been successfully representing negligence victims for more than five decades. Our attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers and serve as members of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, which fights for the rights of injured New York citizens. We have recovered more than $1 billion in compensation for our clients.
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Traumatic brain injury, also known as TBI, is an injury to the brain caused by trauma, not disease. Closed TBI, the most common type, is caused by a violent blow or jolt to the head or body. Penetrating traumatic brain injury occurs when an object, such as a bullet or a piece of shattered skull, penetrates the brain tissue. When a sudden external assault damages the brain, it can cause short or long-term disability or even death.
Many different types of accidents or incidents can cause traumatic brain injury. Among the most common causes are:
- Falls: Slip or trip-and-fall accidents, falls from beds, ladders, scaffolding, or down the stairs frequently cause TBI. Falls are the leading cause of brain injuries, particularly among young children and older adults.
- Motor vehicle collisions: The impact of a traffic crash can cause the head to strike an object or cause the brain to move inside the skull, damaging delicate tissue. Car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents are common causes of TBI.
- Construction accidents: Workers on construction sites are vulnerable to head injuries from falling objects, moving machinery, and falls from heights, ladders, or scaffolding. TBI accounts for 20% to 25% of all work-related trauma, as reported by the CDC.
- Medical malpractice: TBI in a medical setting can result from surgical errors or during labor and delivery from trauma caused by vacuums, forceps, or cranial compression.
- Assault: Violent crime can lead to traumatic brain injuries. Examples include gunshot wounds, blows to the head, and shaken baby syndrome.
Severe TBI can have life-altering consequences for victims and their families. It may require extensive medical treatment, rehabilitation, and long-term care. Symptoms may include:
- Difficulty communicating
- Difficulty performing routine tasks
- Memory and concentration problems
- Mood swings, depression, and anxiety
- Difficulty sleeping
- Inability to return to work to earn a living
If you or a family member has suffered a traumatic brain injury because of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, reach out to Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP to start your path to recovery. You may have a right to seek compensation from the responsible party in a civil lawsuit.
With over 50 years of experience advocating for injury victims, our Staten Island personal injury lawyers can provide the strong legal representation you need to recover your current losses and gain compensation for future damages.
Contact us at (212) 986-7353 to learn more today.