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New York Levels of Brain Injury Lawyer

A brain injury is one of the most serious types of injuries that a victim can suffer in an accident. There are many different types of brain injuries including concussion, hematomas, lacerations, and contusions. In addition, there are different levels of brain injuries. Some brain injuries are mild, and are resolved fairly quickly with minimal medical intervention. Other injuries are severe, leaving the victim with permanent, serious disabilities. If you have suffered a brain injury caused by the negligent or intentional actions of another person or entity, the New York brain injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates can help protect your rights and fight for just compensation for your medical expenses and other losses.

Levels of brain injury

Regardless of the type of brain injury, there are three levels of severity for a brain injury: mild, moderate, and severe.

A brain injury is classified as mild if the victim is dazed or confused, but there is no loss of consciousness. Or, there is only a brief loss of consciousness—a few seconds or a few minutes. In addition, CT scans and other diagnostic test are normal. Mild brain injury usually indicates a concussion. However, repeated mild brain injuries sustained in a short period of time can be ultimately lead to brain damage similar to a single severe brain injury.

A brain injury will be classified as moderate if the victim loses consciousness for a few minutes up to a few hours. The victim will experience confusion for several days to weeks. And other symptoms such as cognitive and behavioral impairments may last for months, or are permanent. Even though some impairments may be permanent, victims with moderate brain injuries make a significant recovery from the injury.

A brain injury will be classified as severe if the victim suffers a severe brain injury that is life-threatening. It is usually the result of an open head injury, or a crushing blow. A long hospital stay is required as is a long period of rehabilitation. Rehabilitation will not bring the victim back to pre-injury cognitive, physical, behavioral, or sensory status. A severe brain injury can also lead to conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.

Pursuing compensation

Brain injuries are frequently the result of accidents and intentional acts of violence. For example, a driver operating his vehicle while under the influence of alcohol causes a head-on collision with another car. The driver of the car suffers multiple injuries including an injury to the brain. Regardless of the level of brain injury suffered by the victim, with the help of an experienced attorney in New York, the victim can sue the drunk driver and demand payment for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Similarly, because a labor and delivery nurse failed to timely notify a doctor that a baby was in distress, the baby was deprived of oxygen for several minutes. As a result, the baby was born with brain damage. The nurse as well as other medical staff and the medical facility can be sued for medical malpractice.

In addition, if the brain injury occurred at work, the victim can file a worker’ compensation claim in order to receive benefits that would cover the victim’s medical expenses related to the brain injury and other injuries suffered in the workplace accident.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you or someone you love suffered a brain injury, we are here to help. The brain injury attorneys serving New York at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates have the skill, resources, and commitment to help you resolve your brain injury case in the most favorable manner possible, regardless of the level of brain injury that you sustained. Our attorneys have years of experience successfully representing victims who have suffered serious brain injuries in car accidents, falls, workplace accidents, and other types of accidents. We will listen to you with compassion and vigorously fight for your legal rights. Contact an attorney at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.