New York Head Injury Lawyer
Our team of experienced New York Head Injury Attorneys at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has discovered that head injuries are very common. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control state that approximately 1.7 million people suffer from traumatic brain injuries annually. These injuries are so common that the CDC has said they are considered a “serious health problem in the U.S.” In the state of New York, the Department of Health reports that 18,000 people will end up in the hospital with a head injury this year, and sadly 2,000 will die. Many individuals are faced with the realty of a severe head injury caused by another person’s careless or negligent action.
Head injury denotes any trauma to the head, with or without brain injury. Head injury encompasses brain injury along with skull injury or scalp. A head injury may be open or closed. A closed (non-penetrating) head injury refers to trauma to the head without skull fracture, as in injury resulting from a sudden acceleration/deceleration force (typical injury from a car accident). An open (penetrating) head injury refers to trauma to the head with skull fracture, as in a gunshot wound.
A few of the more common causes of head injury include motor vehicle accident, workplace accident, slip and fall incident and assault. Many of these accidents result from another party’s actions or lack of actions. These types of cases deal with the concept of negligence. In order for there to be a claim of negligence, there must be several elements present.
First, the defendant must have owed the plaintiff a duty. This duty arises when the law recognizes a relationship between the plaintiff and the defendant. Because of their relationship, the defendant is obligated to act in a particular way. Second, this duty must be breached either by action or inaction from the defendant. Third, the breach must have caused to accident (causation). Lastly, the plaintiff must have been hurt in some way, or sustained damages.
Each type of head injury can vary drastically with symptoms and severity. A head injury may appear as a minor scalp laceration eliciting a hemorrhage or a mild concussion or a more severe depressed skull fracture or penetrating skull injury. Some victims of head injury stabilize and others may significantly deteriorate. A head injury victim may or may not exhibit a neurological deficiency.
Head injury may induce a minor headache, concussion, subdural hematoma or coma. In some cases, our New York Brain Injury Lawyer staff has learned that a head injury can lead to an intracranial hemorrhage which increases the pressure exerted on the brain and can lead to further brain damage or even death.
One of the typical symptoms of head injury may be a personality change, along with other symptoms such as:
Each New York Brain Injury Lawyer at our law firm takes this time of injury serious. A head injury can be life-threatening. A common head injury requires little to no treatment beyond medication and observation. A victim with a noticeably minor head injury requires close observation for the first 12-24 hours following the accident to monitor for a worsening condition. Several different examinations may be performed to assess the severity of the head injury such as the Glasgow Coma Scale, Computerized Tomography (CT scan) or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI scan).
If the head injury results in brain damage or severe trauma to the skull, treatment may involve a craniotomy, a surgically inserted catheter or some form of mental or physical rehabilitation.
Treatment of head injury is often a lengthy and costly experience, leading to a drastic change in quality of life. Extensive medical bills, loss of wages and mental anguish elicit undue stress, confusion and frustration. Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC maintains a highly skilled and knowledgeable New York Brain Injury Lawyer team, who will fight for your legal rights and pursue legal compensation and emotional closure for your head injury claim.
If you or someone you love is suffering from a head injury or brain injury, contact our New York Head 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 one of our New York offices in Westchester County, Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens or one of our offices in Nassau County or Suffolk County in Long Island.