No one needs to tell you that you need help to deal with a loved one's coma or brain injury. You need guidance in what to expect in the recovery process. You need help to create a plan for long-term care. You need to know that your loved one will be taken care of if something happens to you.
Most of all you need to know that you have a powerful advocate on your side who will fight for the compensation you need when another's negligence left you to deal with a loved one's brain injury. At the New York City law firm of Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, we can help. We serve clients in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.
Symptoms of Closed Head Injuries
Some brain injuries are easily seen, such as those that result from skull fractures and profuse bleeding. Medical personnel can clearly see that an injury has occurred and begin to provide treatment. Closed head and latent brain injuries, on the other hand, are more subtle. Given a lack of external symptoms, these injuries can go undiagnosed, and can result in even more significant brain damage.
When the head is struck with a certain amount of force, the brain can move within the skull. This movement can result in tears in brain tissue and the rupturing of blood vessels, causing bleeding in the brain. There may also be bruising and swelling, which can cause neural damage. Symptoms of closed head injuries may include headaches, weakness, vomiting and fatigue. In some cases, these symptoms do not appear until days or weeks after the initial trauma.
Our firm has seen the consequences that closed head and latent brain injuries can have, including their financial impact on loss of income, job retraining and future medical care. Our lawyers work to ensure responsible parties are held accountable and that full compensation is recovered for all necessary treatment and expenses.
Answers To Common Questions About Brain Injuries
What Are The Different Types of Brain Injury? - Brain injuries are largely separated into two main categories. Traumatic brain injuries and acquired brain injuries. This article explains both in great detail.
Are Brain Injuries Easy to Detect? - In general, if there is any chance that you could have suffered a brain injury, you should seek medical attention immediately. The sooner the injury is identified, the greater the chance that treatment may be effective. However, the signs of a brain injury can often be confused with symptoms of other illnesses, so it vital to stand your ground and seek a second opinion if you think anything has been overlooked.
How Are Brain Injuries Treated? - The initial treatment provided following such an injury is aimed at stabilizing the patient. This may include treating other injuries and monitoring vital signs to ensure that he or she survives the incident. Once medical professionals are happy that the patient is out of immediate danger, they can consider moving onto other treatments.
How Does A Mild Brain Injury Occur? - In New York, countless people are involved in serious accidents every year, some of which can leave them with permanent disabilities. However, even a seemingly minor incident can have life-changing results. Such is the case with mild brain injuries. These can result from blows to the head or even violent shaking, such as may occur during a car accident.
What Are Long-Term Effects Of A Brain Injury? - Depending on the part of your brain that is injured, your motor skills may suffer, as might your ability to speak or communicate. While approximately 75 percent of brain injuries each year fall into the category of mild TBIs, even these can have lasting effects.
Long-Term Financial Implications of A Brain Injury - There are also financial implications to head trauma. Depending on the severity of the head injury, the victim may not be able to provide for their family in the same way they did before. Wage earners may no longer be able to perform the functions of their jobs; housekeepers may not be able to keep up with their daily chores.
Always Seek Help After A Head Injury - Most people in New York have hit their head at one time or another. Often it is just a minor knock and, although it may hurt a little, no more is thought of it. In many cases, this turns out to be fine and there are no lasting effects. However, this is not always the case and sometimes even a seemingly insignificant knock can cause lasting brain damage.
What Support Is There for Victims of Brain Injury? - Treating a brain injury can be a long and difficult process. However, there is support available. Organizations such as the Brain Injury Association of America and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke can offer advice and support as can the numerous rehabilitation centers across the United States.
Help Is Available For Those Who Experience A Brain Injury - If anything happens to you, it is important to be sure that your loved one will still be cared for. This alone can be difficult to get your head around. Furthermore, the cost of treatment and care for a brain injury can run up significant medical bills. Help is available.
A Contusion Can Be As Serious As A Concussion - Most people are aware of concussions, however another form of brain injury about which many people are less aware are contusions. These are very similar to concussions. The one thing that identifies a brain injury as a contusion is the presence of a localized bleed. This is understandably dangerous and can have fatal consequences if any resultant clots are not removed.
How Do I Know If I Have A Concussion? - It is important to be able to identify the signs so you can seek treatment as quickly as possible. There are several signs to be aware of including those found in this article.
Whiplash & How It Relates To Brain Injuries - Whiplash and other effects resulting from vehicular accidents can ultimately ruin the victim's health. Traumatic brain injury victims may lose many of their physical and mental abilities, including motor skills and comprehension. As a result, people with TBI are commonly faced with a difficult situation wherein they become unfit for their jobs and are in need of long-term medication.
Does The Risk of Stroke Increase After A Brain Injury? - A recent report indicates that brain injury victims may have more to be alarmed than long-term headaches, dizziness or concentration problems. A study from the University of Michigan found that the risk of ischemic stroke ascends after a TBI.
Is There A Connection With Traumatic Brain Injury & PTSD? - There is evidence and proof that a traumatic brain injury alters the brain and raises the risk of developing PTSD. Read this article to learn more.
A Brain Injury Changes Lives - It is all too easy to forget how swiftly lives can be turned upside down. Throughout New York, countless individuals live with injuries that have altered the way they move, act and even think. In many cases, these injuries involve some form of trauma to the head, damaging the victim's brain and permanently changing the way they function on a day-to-day basis.
Permanent Damage or Death from Brain Damage - Traumatic brain injury carries the risk of coma and death. Either occurrence can be devastating for a family, even if a victim eventually recovers from an injury. A person does not need to be involved in a serious car crash in order to sustain brain injury. A minor blow to the head and neck area, even from a football game, can result in brain injury.
Can Football Players' Brains Decipher Brain Injuries? - In an ongoing effort to study brain disease, medical researchers examined the brains of 36 deceased athletes. Posthumous diagnoses indicated that 22 of the athletes experienced mood and behavioral problems as a first indication of CTE and that 11 of them had difficulties with thinking and memory.
Any Head Trauma Can Cause A Brain Injury - There are several forms of damage that the brain can take and each affect it in a slightly different way. Ultimately, however, the net result is often the same. Brain injury can lead to life-changing harm to an individual's ability to move, speak, think and react as they did before the incident. Furthermore, it is not only direct impact to the head that causes harm.
Seek Immediate Help If You Suspect A Brain Injury - The brain is so delicate that it only takes the most minor of knocks to do damage. At first you may think it's nothing, but symptoms can take weeks or even months to develop. You may notice problems with your memory, nightmares or trouble sleeping. You could experience mood swings or fall into depression. All of these things may be symptoms of an undiagnosed brain injury.
Does Music Help Jog Memory for Brain Injuries? - A recent study published in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation looked at severe brain injury patients and found that they have "music evoked autobiographical memories" (MEAMs) in the same way that healthy people do.
What Kind of Therapy Is Available For Brain Injury? - Read one man's story of hyperbaric chamber therapy. The high-pressure chambers are used to treat 14 different conditions, including diabetic wounds, decompression sickness and carbon monoxide poisoning. The therapy creates a condition in which 100% oxygen saturation stimulates damaged cells to regenerate.
Services for Those Affected by a Brain Injury
Experience is very important in complex cases involving closed head injury or a subtle brain injury that affects speech, gait, cognition or behavior. Not every attorney has the skill, knowledge and sensitivity to address these issues with confidence.
Our team of highly accomplished and experienced attorneys have extensive experience and a proven record of results in cases involving life-changing personal injury. We can sit down with you and discuss your options for seeking maximum compensation for the harm your loved one and your family has suffered due to an accident or another's negligence.
Every life-altering injury requires a comprehensive, long-term plan. Beyond obtaining compensation for the cost to your family, our lawyers can help you set up a trust, annuity, conservatorship, guardianship or any other necessary tools to ensure that your loved one is cared for. We take advantage of the services of respected experts such as life-care planners, economists and vocational rehabilitation specialists to craft a solid plan for long-term care and recovery.
If you need a powerful advocate on your side to guide you through the process and fight for justice for your loved one, Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum is the law firm to call. Contact our Wall Street offices today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. All brain injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis. You will owe no attorney's fees until we obtain financial compensation for you.