New York Brain Swell / Cerebral Edema
Any time you receive an injury, it is subject to swelling. Your brain is no different. According to our New York Brain Injury Lawyer Team, a brain can swell after an individual suffers from a traumatic brain injury. This type of injury is a major cause of physical disability and death in the United States. A traumatic brain injury can happen when the head is subjected to acceleration, a sudden blow, puncture wound or any external force injuring the brain.
When brain swelling occurs it can increase the pressure inside your skull as a result of a head injury. This is called intracranial pressure. With this type of pressure, the injury can prevent adequate blood flow to your brain and this can cause a drop in the oxygen that your brain needs to function. The decrease in blood flow can cause brain damage or possible death.
Causes of Brain Swelling
Brain swelling be caused by a slip and fall injury, injuries received during an assault or injuries caused by a car accident, truck accident or motorcycle accident just to name a few examples. Each of these types of incidents causes a traumatic brain injury because the brain is subjected to an external force. These accidents can cause a range of physical injuries, including a range of brain injuries. Minor brain injuries can involve a brain contusion or eye orbital fracture. Major brain injuries can range from an epidural hematoma or subdural hematoma to cerebral edema, traumatic brain damage or brain swell.
According to the New York Brain Swell Injury Lawyer staff, brain swell is a result of excessive fluid accumulation inside the brain. Symptoms of brain swell can include dizziness, nausea, confusion, vision loss, seizures, loss of coordination, neck pain or confusion.
Treatment for Brain Swell
There are many different forms of treatment for brain swell depending on the severity of the swelling and the severity of other brain injuries. Treatment can include an individual receiving oxygen or IV fluid, lowering the body temperature or surgery such as a craniotomy.
Because brain swell is caused by a traumatic brain injury, prevention also surrounds preventing the injury. For example, an individual can help reduce the risk of injury by holding on to a stair handrail while descending. Also, safety helmets and seat belts are helpfully in preventing a skull injury.
If you have received an injury as a result of another’s action or inaction, you could have a cause of action for negligence. In order for negligence to be present, there must be several elements present. First there must be a duty of reasonable care owed to the plaintiff. This duty must have been breached in some way. This breach must have been a factor in what caused the injury, and the plaintiff must have suffered damages.
It is important to note that New York is considered a pure comparative negligence state. This law is set out in New York Civil Practice L & R 1411. The statute states that a plaintiff’s recovery in a lawsuit will be reduced by any liability on their part, but it will not be barred completely.
NY EPT Law 5-4.3 sets out the amount of recovery that a plaintiff may receive. The amount of damages will be determined by the specific facts of the case but can include things like lost wages, medical expenses, and value of support and services.
If you are suffering from the effects associated with brain swelling brain damage or another form of traumatic brain injury, contact our highly skilled and knowledgeable New York Brain Injury Lawyer Team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC to talk about your legal options. It is important to not delay. New York CPLR 214-a sets forth strict time limitations within which a plaintiff may file a cause of action. The particular time frame will depend on the cause of action involved. For a negligence action for instance, the time to file is 3 years from the date of the accident. If the cause of action involves medical malpractice, the deadline is 2 ½ years from the date the injury is discovered. If you have been injured, it is important to speak with legal counsel promptly to ensure that your legal rights are protected.
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