Have you or a loved one been impacted by a brain injury after an accident in the Bronx? Was the brain injury the result of another person or company’s negligence or recklessness?
Contact the experienced and knowledgeable Bronx personal injury lawyers at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. to discuss your potential case and legal rights.
Contact our Bronx law firm today to speak with an attorney at our law firm about your case. We are available 24/7 to take your call.
How a Bronx Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help If You’ve Suffered a Brain Injury
Although the severity of a traumatic brain injury may not be disputed, liability and damages are very often challenged when personal injury claims are filed.
Legal cases can be difficult, especially proving the extent of an injury.
It may not be clear whether someone will make a full recovery, and doctors may not be able to make a long-term medical prognosis.
An experienced brain injury lawyer who has handled complex brain injury cases can help you investigate an accident, preserve evidence, and negotiate the maximum compensation available.
If the at-fault party is alleging that your own actions partly contributed to your injuries, your attorney can also defend you against these attempts to devalue your claim.
At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., our Bronx personal injury lawyers have more than 40 years of experience representing personal injury victims.
We have witnessed first hand how life-changing and devastating a traumatic brain injury can be. We have also seen the far-reaching financial impact of severe injuries.
If we represent you, we will do everything possible to get you the maximum compensation that you deserve.
- We’ll coordinate an in-depth investigation into the circumstances that led to your brain injury
- We’ll determine causation, fault, and liability
- We’ll aggressively seek compensation from all responsible parties
- We’ll handle all conversations with insurance companies and those responsible
- We’ll consult with leading brain injury experts as we fight to secure a full financial award on your behalf.
Our approach is experienced-based and results-oriented. We prepare every case for trial, and if we cannot reach a fair settlement in a reasonable period of time, our New York trial attorneys will take your case to court.
Because we have been handling personal injury cases for so many years, we know exactly what to do to maximize your claim.
Give our compassionate team a call to arrange a time to discuss your case – at absolutely no cost to you – today.
Traumatic Brain Injuries: An Overview
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a brain injury as a disruption in the normal function of the brain resulting from a bump, blow, or jolt to the head.
Brain injuries are one of the most devastating and challenging injuries someone can endure. They are considered catastrophic injuries because they have long-term, life-altering consequences.
Brain injuries affect anyone, but children and older adults are most at risk.
Brain injuries can impact physical, mental, cognitive, and emotional function. Some people experience changes in personality, concentration, memory, communication, mood, and behavior.
People who were outgoing and happy may become withdrawn and unhappy. Even if a brain injury does not cause a physical disability, personality changes, memory problems, and other changes can strain relationships.
Older adults with a history of traumatic brain injury are statistically at a 2.3 times greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Those with a history of a severe traumatic brain injury have a 4.5 times greater risk.
Approximately 150 people in the United States die of a traumatic brain injury every day.
What Damages Are Available to Brain Injury Victims?
If you suffer a brain injury from another party’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Ambulance transportation
- Emergency room treatment
- Medical imaging (CT scans, MRIs, X-rays, etc.)
- Future medical expenses
- Prescription drug medications
- Mental health treatment
- Nursing home care
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Personal care needed at home
- Home modifications to accommodate a disability
- Lost earnings
- Physical pain and emotional suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Permanent disability
Some head injuries do result in death, either immediately or in the days and weeks following an accident.
When a TBI results in death, a lawyer can help family members pursue a wrongful death claim for final medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, loss of support, love and companionship.
How Much is a Brain Injury Case Worth?
One of the most frequently asked questions in a Bronx brain injury case is how much a case may be worth.
Every case is different, and a result in one case may not be an indication of results in another case.
There are many factors that determine how much a brain injury may be worth, including:
- The severity of your traumatic brain injury
- Other injuries you sustain, such as broken bones or soft tissue
- Whether you share any liability for the accident
- Whether you follow your health care professional’s recommendations and treatment plan
- Who was responsible for your injury
- How much insurance is available.
When an injury is severe, the compensation you receive in your personal injury claim can determine the quality of your future.
Before you accept any offer for an injury, call the Bronx personal injury law firm of Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. If we represent you, we will not charge any legal fees unless we recover money for you.
What Are the Leading Causes of Brain Injuries in the Bronx?
A brain injury can occur in numerous ways. Some of the types of New York accidents that may lead to concussions, head injuries, and devastating traumatic brain injuries include:
- Car accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Uber accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Accidents at work
- Sporting accidents
- Negligent security
- Medical negligence
Other causes of brain injuries include explosive blasts, acts of violence (suicide and homicide), and falls.
Compensation for a brain injury is only available when the accident can be attributed to another party’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional actions.
Victims are often initially blamed for their own injuries. Sometimes liability is obvious, and sometimes it’s only determined after a thorough investigation. If you believe an accident causing a brain injury was someone else’s fault, contact Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. to discuss your potential case.
What Are the Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury?
Symptoms of a brain injury will always vary depending on the severity of a blow to the head, and the location of impact. In some cases, symptoms may not appear for days or weeks following an accident.
Mild injuries are generally called concussions, and symptoms may include
- Blurry vision
- Changes in personality or emotions
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Confusion or disorientation
- Difficulty remembering new information
- Inability to remember the event that caused the injury, or the aftermath after it occurred
- Nausea and vomiting
- Ringing in the ears
- Trouble speaking coherently
Brain injuries can leave victims unable to move, speak, or think normally. When a blow to the head causes hemorrhaging (bleeding) or edema (swelling), complications may arrive which can worsen the patient’s prognosis.
While money recovered in a personal injury claim cannot undo the pain and effects of an injury, it can hold the responsible parties accountable and allow individuals to receive the best possible medical care and support while they focus on healing and recovery.
Should I Seek Medical Treatment If I Suspect I’ve Suffered a Brain Injury?
Yes! If you suffered a blow to the head or head injury in an accident, it is critical that you seek out medical care as soon as possible.
Do not take a “wait and see” approach, this is bad for your physical health as well as documenting your injuries.
In the shock of the accident, symptoms may not be apparent until you return to your normal habits (school, work, daily life).
If you wait too long to see a healthcare professional, an insurance adjuster may suggest this to be evidence that your injuries really were not as serious as you allege.
When injuries are disputed, it is much more likely you will need to take a case to trial to obtain fair compensation.
People who suffer a brain injury in the Bronx will likely initially be taken to one of three trauma centers:
- Jacobi Medical Center: 1400 Pelham Parkway South, Bronx, NY 10461
- Lincoln Medical & Mental Health Center: 234 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10451
- St. Barnabas Hospital: 4422 Third Avenue, Bronx, New York 10457-2594.
As soon as your immediate medical needs have been met, contact a knowledgeable brain injury lawyer.
Speaking with an attorney quickly can equip you with the tools to begin documenting your injuries and keep track of the many ways your injuries affect your life.
How Long Do You Have to File a Brain Injury Lawsuit in New York?
In New York, and in every state, a statute of limitations restricts how much time you have to file a lawsuit. For most situations, you have three years to file your lawsuit.
However, if a government entity, such as a school district or municipality is a party to a lawsuit, your time period to file a claim is much shorter.
You do not have to take on insurance companies and corporations by yourself. By contacting a Bronx personal injury lawyer at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. as soon as possible, you can focus on your healing and recovery while we fight for your legal rights.
Get a Free Consultation with a Bronx Brain Injury Lawyer
At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., we offer a free consultation to discuss your case with one of our experienced Bronx brain injury lawyers. Call us at 212.969.8985 to arrange your free phone or video consultation.