New York Eye Orbital Fracture Lawyer
If you received a sudden blow to your head, you may have a traumatic brain injury. According to our team of New York Brain Injury Lawyers at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, a traumatic brain injury is caused by a penetrating head wound, sudden acceleration or a sharp or blunt blow to your head. Unfortunately, these types of injuries are more common than you would think. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1.7 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries every year. In fact, the injury is so prevalent, that they have said that it is considered a “serious public health problem in the U.S.” In the state of New York, the New York Department of Health says that over 2,000 New Yorkers die every year as a result of traumatic brain injuries, while 18,000 people are hospitalized.
A traumatic brain injury has varying degrees of pain and severity of injury. These injuries are often caused by auto accidents, slip and falls, work-related accidents (workers' compensation) such as at construction sites (construction accident), and physical violence such as an assault.
Often when these injuries occur, it is because negligence is involved. Negligence is defined as the failure to use reasonable care, resulting in damage or injury to another. In order to have a cause of action, there must be four elements present. First, there must have been a duty owed to the plaintiff. It is expected that the other party should have acted as a reasonable person would have under the circumstances. Second, the duty must have been breached in some way. This can be from the actions of the defendant, or in some cases the failure to act appropriately under the circumstances. Thirdly, the plaintiff must have been injured as a direct result of the defendant’s breach (causation). Lastly, the plaintiff must have incurred damages as a result.
New York is one of only 13 states in the country that recognizes the concept of comparative negligence. This means that while a plaintiff’s actions contributed to their injuries, they are still able to recover from the defendant. This legal concept is outlined in NY Civil Practice L & R 1411.
One form of head injury is an eye orbital fracture. This is a fracture to the bones surrounding your eye. While this is a common skull injury seen occurring after a physical fight, this type of injury also happens due to slip and falls and sports-related accidents. Further, team of New York Brain Injury Lawyers have found that males are at an increased risk to eye injuries due to their increased risk of dangerous activity (motorcycle riding, mountain climbing a rough terrain 4 wheeling SUV or truck accident etc.).
Your eye sits within the orbit. The orbit is made up of seven facial bones that include the ethmoid, frontal, lacrimal, maxilla, palatine lacrimal and the zygoma. An eye orbital fracture involves a break in one of the bones surrounding your eye.
A blow-out fracture happens when an injury to the eye causes an increase in the pressure in the orbit and results in the weak part pushing into the sinus or ethmoid bone. The blow-out fracture can cause a globe rupture and loss of your eye.
As an eye orbital fracture is caused by a traumatic event, you need the help of a knowledgeable New York Eye orbital Injury Lawyer. At Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, our experienced attorneys will help you discover if your head injury was caused by the negligence of another individual or entity. Sometimes this involves investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident that caused your eye injury. For example, if you are suffering from an injury caused by another, our helpful New York Brain Injury Lawyers will determine if the property owner is responsible for the root cause of your injury. Regardless of the type brain injury, whether there is a skull fracture, brain contusion, or permanent brain damage we can help.
Contact our New York Brain Injury Lawyer Team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC to help you figure your legal options. Call us at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW or online. Or visit one of our many convenient office locations to schedule your free case evaluation. We have offices in New York, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan, Westchester County and in Long Island in Suffolk and Nassau Counties.