New York Brain Damage Lawyer
At Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, our dedicated New York Brain Injury Lawyer team helps individuals recover from many types of accidents and the associated injuries that may occur. We have found that a brain injury resulting in brain damage is a common complaint after accidents such as motor vehicle collisions, workplace accidents, slip and fall events and physical assaults.
Brain damage refers to the destruction or degradation of brain cells associated with a significant loss of function and consciousness. Each New York Brain Injury Lawyer at our office has learned about many different causes of brain damage. Brain damage may result from trauma, disease or medical treatment. Widespread or diffuse brain damage is often caused by prolonged hypoxia (lack of oxygen to the brain). Chemotherapy can lead to neural stem cell brain damage. Localized or focal brain damage may occur due to medical malpractice, stroke or from physical trauma such as traumatic brain injury, assault or slip and fall and may result in coma, paralysis or even a wrongful death. The New York Brain Damage Injury Attorney team with Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC contends one of the leading causes of brain damage is traumatic brain injury resulting from a motor vehicle accident. Every year an average of six million people endure a motor vehicle accident causing injuries that include a traumatic brain injury. In a significant amount of cases, the car accident or truck accident results from another person’s carelessness or negligence. Our highly knowledgeable New York Brain Injury Lawyer staff will work with you to prove your case and fight for the legal compensation you deserve.
Symptoms of a brain damage injury vary in severity as well as differ in secondary complications. Any head injury or skull injury that results in brain damage can vary in intensity from a mild persistent headache to permanent physical disability. Typically, brain damage will be accompanied by changes in personality. Depending on the extent and location, brain damage does not always lead to a long-term impairment. However, if the brain injury goes untreated, severe brain damage can lead to life-threatening complications, such as brain edema and elevated intracranial pressure.
Common symptoms of brain damage include:
- Slurred Speech
- Loss of coordination
- Memory loss
Medical professionals utilize CT scans and MRI scans along with the Rancho Los Amigos Scale and the Glasgow Coma Scale to diagnose the severity of brain damage and project the probability of recovery. Typically it is necessary to treat the injury creating the brain damage before the brain damage assessment can begin. In some situations, a surgically inserted catheter is used to relieve intracranial pressure and evacuate collected cerebrospinal fluid and blood. Depending on the severity, a surgeon may perform a craniotomy to counteract the effects of an increased intracranial pressure. In less severe cases, strong medications may reduce brain edema, brain swell, and inflammation.
Brain damage usually leads to expensive medical care and treatment, loss of wages and a decrease in quality of life. In many cases, brain damage victims are entitled to monetary compensation. Each New York Brain Injury Lawyer at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC is highly skilled and experienced in brain damage cases, which can be essential in successfully litigating your brain damage claim.
It is important to note that whether the injury was caused by the negligence of another, or as a result of medical malpractice, it is important to take prompt action. In New York, there are strict time limitations within which you are able to file a claim. This is called the statute of limitations. This law is set forth in NY CPLR 214 (5). The time frame will depend on what cause of action the plaintiff is filing. If, for instance, the plaintiff’s claim involves an action involving negligence, the plaintiff will have three years to file a claim. If on the other hand the plaintiff is proceeding a medical malpractice cause of action, the time frame will be 2 ½ years.
If the claim involves medical malpractice, note that the time starts running when the mistake is discovered, not when it was committed.
If you or someone you love is suffering from brain damage or traumatic brain injury, contact our New York Brain Injury Attorney team with Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC for a free initial case evaluation. Please call us at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW, online or contact an office in Nassau County or Suffolk County in Long Island or one our offices in New York including Staten Island, New York City, Westchester County, Manhattan, the Bronx or Queens, Brooklyn.