According to the Centers for Disease Control and Injury Prevention (CDC), 2.4 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) every year, and over 50,000 die from their injury.Â At present, it is the leading cause of disability and death in children, young adults, and the elderly. In cases where the victim manages to survive, they are generally forced to live with permanent and catastrophic impairments that change their lives and those of their loved ones forever.
Common TBI causes include:
- Blunt trauma (being hit in the head with a heavy object)
- Car crashes
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slips and falls on unsafe premises
- Falls from heights
- Construction site accidents
Brain injuries are sometimes referred to as the â€œsilent epidemicâ€ because they are not always immediately detectable, even if the victim receives a CT scan or MRI. TBI symptoms can become manifest days and even months after the accident. When they do appear, the physical and cognitive after-effects of a traumatic brain injury depend on the severity of the blow and which part of the brain was injured. Injuries to the right side tend to cause:
- visual memory problems
- diminished visual-spatial capabilities
- reduced creativity
- less control over the left-hand side of the body
If the brain has been injured on its left side, typical results are:
- difficulties speaking
- diminished verbal memory and sense of logic
- problems controlling the right-hand side of the body.
TBIs can also cause lifelong medical conditions such as epilepsy and put the victim at risk for Parkinsonâ€™s disease, Alzheimerâ€™s, and other brain disorders.
Brain injury treatment and the accompanying rehabilitative processes can be lengthy and expensive, quickly exhausting the resources of most insurance packages. An especially severe TBI will likely require round-the-clock expert medical care, and even milder TBI cases can involve a lifetime need for certain medications and medical treatment. It all becomes cost prohibitive if the injured person was one of the familyâ€™s primary wage earners.
If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury due to someone elseâ€™s neglectful or malicious behavior, contact an experienced New York personal injury attorney with a background in representing TBI clients. They know and understand the potentially lifelong cognitive, physical, and financial tolls a brain injury can inflict, and will fight to get you the compensation you and your family deserve.
While money can never reverse the clock as far as your brain injury is concerned, it can ease the financial burden caused by lost income, high medical bills, and other costs related to rehabilitation and care. Receiving a fair and full settlement will provide for your familyâ€™s future and give you the means to live as independently and productively as possible. Learn more about what financial compensation you are entitled to after an accident by meeting with attorney Jayson Lutzky. He offers free in-person consultations at his Bronx office and can be reached at 718-514-6619. Visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com to learn more.