Traumatic brain injury is one of the most damaging injuries a person can sustain, and unfortunately, it is more common than most people realize. It can happen through a simple fall, as in the case of one of our clients. A 76-year-old woman slipped and fell on ice outside a convenience store where ice melter/salt had not been placed. She sustained a very serious traumatic brain injury. We fought and won $375,000 on her behalf. If you would like Sullivan and Sullivan LLP to fight for you, contact us for a free case evaluation. We will provide a translator if you need one.
Car accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. Brain injuries can occur when the head strikes an object, such as a windshield. Sometimes brain injuries result from whiplash, which is a sudden acceleration/deceleration movement without any direct external trauma to the head. Many brain injuries are the result of bruising, bleeding, twisting or tearing of the brain tissue. Damage to the brain may occur not only at the time of the accident but also over time as tissues swell and bleed within the head.
The most common situations where brain injuries arise include:
– Automobile accidents
– Slip and Falls
– Intentional Assault & Battery
– Medical errors
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a medical phrase used to describe the damage to the brain suffered by a sudden impact or physical force to the head. Mostly, the human brain floats in a fluid substance called cerebrospinal fluid. TBI can result when the force of momentum causes the brain to impact against the skull. This type of injury, often the result of hitting your head on the windshield, pavement or object, is frequently referred to as a “closed head injury.” Whiplash can also cause TBI. These closed head injuries can result in lasting physical and mental problems.
Open-head injuries mean the skull has been fractured or the membranes that surround the brain have broken due to the force of impact. An open head injury is extremely serious and can require surgical intervention to remove pieces of the skull and insert synthetic replacements.
Closed-head injuries do not cause the skull to crack in any way. These types of brain injuries usually occur from a blow to the head. But a closed-head injury can be just as severe as an open-head injury. Both forms of impact on the brain may result in mild to severe damage.
Treatments for traumatic brain injuries vary according to the specific condition. The first order of business is to stabilize the victim and prevent brain swelling that can cause additional damage. Once the patient is out of immediate danger, MRI scans, CT scans and other tests are used to determine the level of brain damage.
After possible surgery or the immediate use of medication, lengthy rehabilitation is often incorporated into the treatment plan. This is an important aspect of the healing process because it helps patients relearn specific functions and manage the brain impairment. Furthermore, rehab can also help a patient’s family cope with this life-changing event. However, there is no actual cure for brain injuries.
Sullivan and Sullivan LLP has experts with the ability to evaluate the traumatic brain injury and present qualified medical expert opinion at trial together with the diagnosis, prognosis, and causal connection of the injury to the accident.
If you or someone you know in New York, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island (Nassau/Suffolk County), needs the assistance of experienced traumatic brain injury attorneys, contact Sullivan and Sullivan LLP to schedule a free consultation. The sooner you call, the higher your compensation can be.
If you or someone you love found themselves in that position, would you not want a dedicated team of legal professionals to fight as hard as they can to help you recover damages?