Queens Brain Injury Lawyer
At Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, every Queens Brain Injury Lawyer in our firm is mindful that every year approximately 1.75 million Americans experience a traumatic brain injury.
A traumatic brain injury occurs from a jolt or blow to a person’s head resulting in a disruption of standard brain function. The accident or trauma induced head injury can differ in severity from a mild altered mental or conscious status to a more severe state of unconsciousness or amnesia. Dependent upon the severity, brain damage can be limited to a small area or widespread.
Our Queens Brain Injury Lawyer team affirms CDC statistics show of the 1.75 million people suffering from a brain injury in the United States, 50,000 Americans die, over 270,000 individuals are sent to the hospital and over a million require emergency treatment and are released.
Our extensive experience handling traumatic injury cases shows the most common causes involves falls (including slip and fall), being smashed by an object, auto accident and physical assault. These common brain injury causes can arise from carelessness, recklessness or negligence of another entity or person. If you or a loved one is suffering from the effects of a traumatic brain injury, contact our highly experienced Queens Brain Injury Lawyer team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, to examine your case and determine your legal options.Causes of Brain Injury
- Motor vehicle accident or car accident – account for 17.3% but has the highest percentage of deaths at 31.8%
- Hit by/against – 16.5%
- Falling – account for 35.2%
- Attacks or physical assault – 10%
These countrywide numbers include Queens as well. The principal causes of skull injury and brain injury hospitalization in Queens include: assault-related injury, motor vehicle accident, encompassing SUV accident, car accident, a motorcycle wreck and truck accident, and falls. Emergency department statistics show Queens residents are more likely to endure brain injuries from assault-related injuries, being struck against or being hit by an object, falling and then motor vehicle accidents.
There are numerous forms of brain injury. A break in any of the skull bones is known as a skull fracture. A skull fracture typically occurs from blunt force trauma or a head impact, such as being struck in the head with a hammer or slamming your head against the pavement as a result of a motorcycle accident. A break at the skull base is known as a basal skull fracture. This is an uncommon form of skull fracture but often occurs when a person falls and hits the back of their head. The same type of accident can also lead to an occipital fracture, which is a break in the occipital bone at the back of the skull base.
An accumulation of blood between the brain and between the skull is known as an epidural hematoma. An accumulation of blood on the brain is called a subdural hematoma. In accordance with the research of our Queens Brain Injury Lawyer team, this can be the most deadly form of brain injury due to compression of the brain from a quick accumulation of blood. A more common form of brain injury is known as brain swell, brain edema or cerebral edema. This form of brain injury results from an excessive buildup of fluid in the brain. A concussion or even a brain contusion is a bruising of the brain tissue and is a very standard form of traumatic brain injury.
All of these forms of brain injury may require surgery. A craniotomy is a procedure to remove a portion of skull bone to allow greater access to the brain tissue. A neurosurgeon performs the craniotomy under local or general anesthesia.
The most frequently occurring brain injury is a concussion. Each New York Brain Injury Lawyer in our firm acknowledges concussions account for an average of three-fourths of all brain injuries. The severity of a concussion can vary significantly. Many concussion injuries require only slight medical treatment while other concussion injuries may lead to an extended state of unconsciousness known as a coma.
The New York Injury Lawyer staff at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has discovered an eye orbital fracture often occurs from trauma resulting from the negligence of another person. An eye orbital fracture is a break in one of the bones encircling the eye and can lead to a blow-out fracture.
In some cases, brain injury may result from medical provider negligence or doctor error. If you are suffering from the effects of brain injury as the result of doctor error or medical provider negligence, contact our office to determine your eligibility of pursuing a medical malpractice case.
Recovering from a brain injury, traumatic brain injury or head injury can be timely and difficult. You should not endure the process alone. Consult an experienced Queens Brain Injury Lawyer at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC to help guide you through the process.Signs of Brain Injury
A moderate brain injury sign could be the loss of consciousness. Nevertheless, a victim can endure brain damage without a loss of consciousness.
If the victim is not experiencing a loss of consciousness, an emergency healthcare provider or health care provider can evaluate the mental status of the victim by observing the use of appropriate words, confusion, spontaneous eye opening, reacting to pain and speech, and obeying commands, among other issues.
Other signs indicating the need for immediate medical aid include:
- any one-sided neurological deficit
- continued unconsciousness or inability to awaken
- seizures or convulsive seizures
- evidence of a skull fracture
- intermittent or progressive drowsiness following an alert period, lethargy or fatigue or changes in sleep behavior
- penetrating wounds of the head
- inequality of dilation of the pupils or unequal size, blurry vision or double vision
- increasing confusion or mental confusion, trouble with concentration or memory
- slurred speech
- ringing in the ears
- light-headedness or dizziness
- frequent nausea or vomiting
- continual, severe or worsening headache
- attitude or behavioral changes including agitation or restlessness
- loss of balance
- numbness or weakness in the extremities
In more severe brain injury cases, a victim can experience movement or speech problems, permanent disability, mental handicaps, delusions, coma, spinal injury or even wrongful death. With traumatic brain injuries impacting essentially every area from mobility to communication, it is essential to enlist the knowledge and skills of a hardworking Queens Brain Injury Lawyer at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC. Our Queens Brain Injury Lawyer team has found treatment for brain injury can have an estimated expense of between $500,000 to nearly $2 million.
Our Queens Brain Injury Lawyer staff has extensive experience handling personal injury cases, including wrongful death cases, motor vehicle accident, scaffold accident or construction accident case, slip and fall incident and medical malpractice cases. Our vast experience aids in the successful pursuit of the appropriate damage awards to cover injury expenses for our clients. If you or someone you love is suffering from a brain injury, contact a Queens Brain Injury Lawyer at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC. Please call us at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW, online or contact an office in New York in New York City including Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn or Staten Island and in Westchester County or in Long Island in Nassau County or Suffolk County for a free consultation.