New York Skull Fracture Lawyer
Although the skull is resilient and tough, a strong blow or severe impact may cause a skull fracture and result traumatic brain injury. According to our New York Brain Injury Lawyer team, a traumatic brain injury occurs when the brain suffers injuries caused by a sharp or blunt blow, a fall, physical assault or an auto accident.The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have stated that these injuries are more common than first thought, and traumatic head injuries are considered a “serious public health problem in the U.S.” They report that approximately 1.7 million people sustain traumatic head injuries every year. In New York, the NY Health Department has stated that 18,000 New Yorkers suffer head injuries every year, and sadly 2,000 of these people die.
The causes for a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are often preventable and are usually caused by the negligence of another individual. If you are suffering from a head injury caused by the negligence of another, contact one of our New York Brain Injury Lawyers at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC to discuss your legal options.
Negligence is defined as the failure to use reasonable care, which results in damage or injury to another party. In determining what is considered reasonable, the law takes into account the person’s knowledge, experience and perceptions in determining whether the person’s action were reasonable.
In order to have a negligence claim, there must four elements present. The defendant must have owed some duty of care to the plaintiff. This duty must have been breached in some way. The breach of the duty must have caused an injury to the plaintiff, and the plaintiff must have damages, or been injured in some way.
A TBI can cause numerous forms of injury to the brain including a brain contusion, brain swell or a skull injury. A skull fracture occurs when the cranial bones of your head suffer a break. The injury can cause brain damage. Some individuals who are suffering from a skull fracture may have more severe brain damage than those individuals suffering from a head injury without a skull fracture.
A skull fracture that occurs at the base or back of the head can tear the protective layers of tissue that cover the brain (the meninges). In rare cases, a skull fracture may allow bacteria to enter and cause infection and resulting in severe brain damage. In other cases, parts of the fractured bone may press inward and cause more damage. This is called a depressed fracture and it can cause severe and permanent damage.
Symptoms of a skull injury can include, but are not limited to, raccoon eyes, bleeding, headache, seizures, changes in pupils, nausea, swelling, loss of consciousness, drowsiness and loss of coordination. Sometimes, the only symptom may be a bump or knot on the head. It can take twenty-four hours or more for some symptoms to develop. If you think you may be suffering from a head injury, seek emergency medical attention immediately. The consequences of waiting can be drastic.
Prevention of a skull fracture is focused on prevention of the offending accident. Our New York Brain Injury Lawyer has found that seat belts and safety helmets offer the skull some protection, but they are not fool-proof in preventing all head injury or traumatic brain injury.
If you are suffering from the catastrophic effects of a skull fracture or other traumatic brain injury, contact our experienced New York Skull Fracture Injury Lawyer Team to learn about your legal options. If your injury was the result of someone’s carelessness or recklessness, we will help you fight to hold them responsible for your injury. It is important to not delay, as in New York there are strict time deadlines within which you are able to file a claim. The time limit will depend on what type of action you are pursuing, so it is important to speak with legal counsel as soon as possible.
Contact us at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW or online to schedule your free initial consultation. You may also want to stop by one of our many locations in New York, the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island or one of our Long Island locations in Suffolk County or Nassau County.