Suffering a traumatic brain injury is a life-altering event that can easily become a physical, emotional and financial burden. When such an injury is caused by the negligent, reckless or willful conduct of another party, it is critically important to have proper legal representation. If you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury on Long Island, turn to the Law Office of Robert Purzak. Our personal injury lawyers have been providing injury victims in Nassau and Suffolk Counties with superior legal guidance for over 35 years.
We are keenly aware that a traumatic brain injury can be overwhelming not only for the victim but for the victim’s loved ones as well. Severe head and brain injuries may lead to a concussion, loss of consciousness, a skull fracture, paralysis or wrongful death. At times, a brain injury victim may require lifelong medical care and assistance. With so much hanging in the balance, it is essential to have a well-conceived legal strategy for obtaining just compensation. Our attorneys bring to bear significant legal knowledge and skill and will make sure your rights are protected.
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What is a traumatic brain injury?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result from a violent blow or jolt to the head or body, causing brain dysfunction. There are two types of traumatic brain injuries, closed and open:
- A closed TBI occurs when a head blow causes the brain to impact the skull, often resulting in swelling in the brain or blood clots
- An open TBI is one that involves a skull fracture as a result of a fall, a collision, or an object penetrating the skull, such as a bullet or falling debris
In addition, a traumatic brain injury can be classified in one of three ways — mild, moderate, or severe:
- Mild TBI — involves a period of lost consciousness, confusion or disorientation that lasts for less than 30 minutes
- Moderate TBI — involves a longer period of unconsciousness — up to 6 hours — as well as memory loss
- Severe TBI — often results in a far longer period of unconsciousness or comatose state as well as significant cognitive impairment
Types and Symptom of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Common types of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Concussions — caused by a blow to, or violent shaking of, the head
- Contusions — a blow to the head that causes bruising or bleeding
- Diffuse axonal Injury — caused by either a strong shaking or rotation of the head
- Penetration Injury — caused by a sharp object such as a knife, a bullet, or a falling object (such as construction material) penetrating the skull
- Anoxic Brain Injury — caused when the brain is deprived of oxygen
- Hypoxic Brain Injury — occurs when the brain ceases to function due to insufficient oxygen
TBI symptoms can range from mild to severe, such as:
- Loss of consciousness
- Memory loss
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Sleep and balance problems
- Nausea or vomiting
- Irritability, anxiety, and depression
How are Traumatic Brain Injuries Treated?
A mild traumatic brain injury can be treated with rest and over-the-counter pain medication, provided that the victim is closely monitored for persistent or worsening symptoms. Because side effects and symptoms may not appear until long after the initial accident, physical activities should be avoided until the victim is cleared by a doctor.
A moderate or severe TBI, on the other hand, requires immediate emergency care to make sure adequate blood and oxygen are supplied to the brain. Surgery may also be necessary to prevent injuries from worsening and to minimize potential damage due to inflammation, bleeding or lack of oxygen.
What are the long-term consequences of traumatic brain injuries?
Traumatic brain injuries can have consequences ranging from cognitive impairments to memory loss, weakness in the extremities, loss of balance and coordination, and/or hearing or vision loss. In addition, a severe TBI may trigger changes in the victim’s personality, while some brain injury survivors experience an impaired ability to interact socially or perform work they did before. TBIs may also result in seizures which may develop up to 15 years after the original injury. For some, the ability to concentrate declines and mood swings and depression also frequently occur after traumatic brain injuries.
Moreover, victims of traumatic brain injuries often require rehabilitation to relearn basic skills such as walking or talking. Severely injured victims not not be able to care for themselves, and need assistance with day-to-day functions such as dressing, eating and bathing, at least for some period of time. Ultimately, victims of traumatic brain injuries often require prolonged medical treatment, physical therapy and rehabilitation, while victims who are permanently disabled will require lifelong care.
Contact Our Long Island TrauBrain Brian Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury, you may feel your world has been turned upside down. We know that you may have concerns about getting the medical care you need, paying the medical expenses, and getting back to your normal routine. Our legal team can help to address those concerns by offering you aggressive legal representation and caring, efficient service.
We will leverage our skills and resources to make sure that you receive just compensation for past and future medical expenses – including rehabilitative and long-term care. You may also be awarded damages such as lost wages, loss of earning capacity, loss of enjoyment, and pain and suffering. If the injury was due to the responsible party’s intentional conduct or malice, punitive damages may also be awarded.
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, you may be frightened and not know where to turn. Remember, we are here to help. When you become our clients, you will have peace of mind knowing that we will always stand by you. Please contact our office today to set up a free consultation. We help the injured throughout Long Island, including the towns of Brentwood, Coram, Deer Park, Hempstead, Islip, Roosevelt, and Wyandanch.