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New York Cognitive Effects of a Brain Injury Lawyer

Brain injuries are complex. They can be devastating for the victim and the victim’s family. Sadly, brain injuries are often the result of accidents such as traffic accidents or falls caused by someone other than the victim. There are a variety of types of traumatic brain injuries including concussions, contusions, anoxic brain injuries, and diffuse axonal injuries. Brain injuries can be mild or severe. Victims who suffer severe brain injuries often end up with serious, permanent disabilities, and many do not survive. Even victims who suffer mild brain injuries experience a variety of symptoms, including cognitive effects of the brain injury that impact their ability to perform activities of everyday living, how they perform at work, and how they interact with family and friends. If you sustained a brain injury in an accident that was another person’s fault, contact an experienced New York brain injury lawyer right away as you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.

Cognitive effects of a brain injury

Cognition is the act of knowing and thinking, and encompasses the ability to choose, understand, remember and use information. When an outside force damages the brain, the victim’s cognitive abilities are often affected. Common cognitive problems that brain injury victims experience include:

  • Difficulty in concentration, leading to inability to complete tasks on time and difficulty in having long conversations
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty in processing information, leading in difficulty following a conversation or the plot of a movie or television show
  • Difficulty in planning and organizing, including difficult completing tasks that require multiple steps
  • Poor judgment, leading to making quick decisions without weighing options
  • Poor impulse control

While in some cases the cognitive effects of a brain injury are pronounced, in other cases they are mild. If you are concerned about symptoms you are experiencing, discuss them with a medical provider.

Pursuing compensation for a head injury

Whether it is a concussion, contusion, or some other type of brain injury, treating such an injury can be complex and costly. Both the physical and non-physical symptoms must be addressed. Treatment can involve surgery, medication, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and behavioral therapy. Resolving cognitive problems may require treatment by a neuro-psychologist. The victim’s family will have to adjust. The victim may not be able to return to work full-time right away. As a result the victim and his (or her) family may end up in a precarious financial situation.

If your brain injury and resulting financial problems are the result of the negligent actions of another person, it is only fair that the negligent person bear the financial loss. As an experienced New York attorney will explain, the law agrees that the person or entity that cause a victim’s injury should pay for it. This means that you have the right to demand payment for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages from the negligent person. When it comes to demanding compensation for your medical expenses, it is important that you demand payment for your past medical expenses, which include the medical bills that you accumulated up to the point that you filed your claim. It is just as important that you demand compensation for estimated future medical expenses related to your brain injury. It is not uncommon for cognitive effects of a brain injury as well as other symptoms related to brain injuries to appear weeks, months, and even years after the injury was sustained. A skilled attorney in New York will have the resources to come up with an appropriate estimate of your future medical expenses.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

A serious injury to the brain often leaves the victim with several challenging symptoms, requiring extensive, costly treatment. Even with immediate treatment, the lasting cognitive effects of a brain injury may be intense, requiring long-term therapy, medication, and other medical treatment. The New York attorneys at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates have the experience and skill to vigorously advocate for your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve to pay for your treatment, lost wages and other losses you experienced as a result of the accident. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. Our attorneys represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.