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Suffolk County Brain Injury Lawyer

The research of the Suffolk County Brain Injury Lawyer team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has revealed each year an average 1.7 million people suffer from a traumatic brain injury in the United States.

A sudden jolt or impact to the head causing a normal brain function disruption is known as a traumatic brain injury. The trauma or accident induced head injury may vary in significance from a brief unconscious state to a more substantial coma or death. The extent of brain damage can vary with the severity from a small area to broad area affecting a large portion of the brain.

In accordance with the findings of our Suffolk County Brain Injury Lawyer staff, CDC statistics affirm approximately 1.7 million Americans are afflicted by a traumatic brain injury every year. Of those victims, approximately 1.4 million are released after receiving medical treatment, 275,000 people are hospitalized and 52,000 individuals die.

Our compounded experience with traumatic brain injury cases has uncovered the most typical factors leading to brain injury include being hit by an object, falls (including slip and falls), physical assaults and auto accidents. These common factors leading to brain injury most often arise from the carelessness or negligence of another person. If you or someone you love is experiencing the traumatic effects of a brain injury, consult the highly skilled Suffolk County Brain Injury Lawyer team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC to examine the facts of your case and discuss your legal options.

Causes of Brain Injury
  • Falls – 35.2%
  • Motor vehicle accidents – 17.3%
  • Struck by/against – 16.5%
  • Assaults – 10%

These nationwide statistics encompass Suffolk County as well. The leading factors contributing to brain injury and skull injury hospitalization in Suffolk County involve: assault-related accidents, falls and motor vehicle accidents, which entail truck accident, car accidents, motorcycle accident and SUV accident. Emergency department documentation reveal Suffolk County residents have a higher possibility of suffering a brain injury from being struck by an object, falls, assault-related injuries and then motor vehicle accidents.

Brain injury can arise in many different forms. When blunt force trauma or an object impacts the head and fractures the skull bones, such as a hammer impacting the skull or the head slamming against the ground after falling from a scaffolding in a construction accident, a skull fracture occurs. When a person falls and the back of the head impacts an object or the ground and fractures the skull base, a basal skull fracture can occur. The same type of fall or accident can cause the occipital bone at the rear of the skull to break causing an occipital fracture.

Blood pooling between the brain and skull is known as an epidural hematoma. Blood pooling between the brain and dura mater is known as a subdural hematoma. According to the findings of the Suffolk County Brain Injury Lawyer team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, these forms of brain injury are among the most fatal due to brain compression from the rapid pooling of blood. A more frequently occurring form of brain injury results from a buildup in the brain of cerebral fluid also known as brain edema, brain swell or cerebral edema. A brain bruise is the most common form of traumatic brain injury commonly referred to as a concussion or brain contusion.

Each form of brain injury may necessitate a craniotomy. A craniotomy is a surgical procedure allowing access to the brain through the removal of a piece of skull bone. A craniotomy is performed under general or local anesthesia by a neurosurgeon.

The type of brain injury with the highest probability of occurrence is a concussion. The Suffolk County Brain Injury Lawyer staff at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has discovered concussion injuries encompass approximately 75 percent of all brain injuries. Concussion severity can vary substantially. Numerous concussion injuries need only minor medical treatment. Other cases of concussion can lead to a comatose period.

The Suffolk County Brain Injury Lawyer team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has learned negligence of another person resulting in trauma often leads to an eye orbital fracture. A fracture of the eye socket bones is known as an eye orbital fracture and can bring about a blow-out fracture.

Doctor error or medical negligence can also result in brain injury. If you are suffering from the effects of a brain injury arising from doctor error or medical negligence, consult the Suffolk County Brain Injury Lawyer staff at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC to evaluate your right to file a medical malpractice claim.

Traumatic brain injury, brain injury or head injury recovery can be complex, difficult and timely. You should not experience the process alone. Consult a highly skilled Injury Lawyer at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC for assistance with the complex process.

Signs of Brain Injury

A loss of coordination could be a sign of moderate brain injury. However, brain damage can arise without a loss of coordination.

With an awake patient, an emergency medical provider can assess the victim’s mental status by observing for spontaneous eye opening, the use of appropriate words, reaction to speech and pain, confusion and ability to take commands, among other factors.

Others signs requiring emergency medical assistance include:

  • seizures or convulsive seizures
  • prolonged unconsciousness or inability to awaken
  • any one-sided neurological deficit
  • depressed skull fracture
  • increasing confusion or mental confusion, trouble with concentration or memory
  • penetrating head wounds
  • unequal pupil dilation or pupil size, blurred vision or double vision
  • slurred speech
  • intermittent or progressive drowsiness following an alert period, lethargy or fatigue or changes in sleep behavior
  • ringing in the ears
  • mood or behavioral changes including agitation or restlessness
  • frequent vomiting or nausea
  • numbness or weakness in the extremities
  • light-headedness or dizziness
  • loss of coordination or balance
  • continual, severe or worsening headache

In instances of severe brain injury, delusions, permanent disability, spinal injury, speech or movement problems, coma or even wrongful death may develop. With movement and communication being impacted by traumatic brain injury, it is imperative to seek the skills and experience of a knowledgeable Suffolk County Brain Injury Lawyer at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC. Our Suffolk County Brain Injury Lawyer staff has discovered brain injury treatment expenses can reach $600,000 to over $1.8 million.

Our Suffolk County Brain Injury Lawyer team has gained tremendous experience handling all types of personal injury cases, including construction accident cases, slip and falls, medical malpractice cases, motor vehicle accidents and wrongful death cases. Our extensive experience supports the successful quest for monetary compensation for injury expenses amassed by our clients. If you New York Brain Injury Lawyer at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC. Please call us at 800.696.9529, online, or contact one of our offices in New York in Long Island in Suffolk County or Nassau County, in Westchester County, in New York City including Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan or Staten Island for a free consultation.