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According to the International Brain Injury Association (IBIA), injuries to the brain are among the likeliest to result in death or permanent disability. Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide and the leading cause of seizure disorders. The monetary costs of caring for a loved one with traumatic brain injury can quickly erode a family’s finances. A traumatic brain injury victim or their family would be well advised to consult a New York brain injury lawyer with experience in brain injury cases to seek financial compensation.

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Facts about Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a sudden trauma, often a blow to the head, damages the person’s brain. The degree of TBI can range from mild to severe. A significant traumatic brain injury can result in loss of abilities regarding cognitive skills, language, communication, sensory, behavior, and emotional stability.

  • In the United States, roughly 1.4 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury each year. Of those,
  • 50,000 people die
  • 235,000 are hospitalized and survive
  • Almost 1.1 million people are treated and released.

Treatment for a traumatic brain injury usually depends on the nature and extent of the injury to the brain. Treatments might include rest, surgery, medication, rehabilitation therapy, or a combination of treatments. Since there are many types of accidents and occurrences that can cause brain injury, there is no singular method of treatment that works best.

 

Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury in Mount Vernon

No two traumatic brain injury cases are the same. There are a variety of accidental and deliberate incidents that can result in an impact to someone’s head. Common events causing traumatic brain injury which can occur in Mount Vernon include the following: 

  • Vehicle-related collisions account for 17.3% of all traumatic brain injuries This includes collisions involving cars, trucks and motorcycles, as well as bicyclists and pedestrians hit by vehicles.
  • Falls account for 35.2% of TBIs.  Falls in the home, bath, down steps, and from ladders are the most common causes of TBI in older adults and young children.
  • Violence accounts for 10% of TBIs, such as gunshot wounds, domestic violence, or child abuse.  Shaken baby syndrome (SBS) is a traumatic brain injury caused by the violent shaking of an infant that damages brain cells.
  • Sports injuries. 300,000 TBIs per year are estimated to be caused by injuries from various high-impact sports, such as football, soccer, hockey, lacrosse, or boxing.

The level of damage caused by a blow to the head depends on many factors. The force of the impact, what the head impacted with, and the age of the victim can all be determinants of whether a brain injury is mild or severe.

Types of Traumatic Brain Injury

When you have experienced a head trauma, you should seek medical care immediately. An experienced health care provider will perform imaging tests and conduct a neurologic exam to help determine the extent of injury to the brain. A TBI can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe.

  • A brain injury is generally classified as mild TBI if the loss of consciousness or confusion and disorientation is shorter than 30 minutes. Symptoms include headache, nausea, speech problems, loss of balance and dizziness.
  • Moderate brain injury occurs when a loss of consciousness lasts a few hours, confusion lasts days or weeks, and/or physical, cognitive, or behavioral impairments last for months. Symptoms include headache, memory problems, attention deficits, mood swings, difficulty thinking, and frustration.
  • Severe brain injury is associated with prolonged unconsciousness or a coma that lasts days, weeks, or months. Symptoms include cognitive impairment, the limited function of arms and legs, abnormal speech, and emotional and behavior problems.

Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury might not show up for days or weeks after an accident. The victim may have temporary or permanent brain damage and may not recall what happened.

Even for a person with mild TBI, the consequences to their life can be dramatic. They may:

  • Be unable to return to work or hold down a new job
  • Be unable to perform even primary personal caretaking such as dressing, feeding, etc.
  • Have changes in brain function that prevent everyday communication and interaction with family, social, and community members.

Attorney David Lever of Lever & Ecker PLLC has been advocating for the legal rights of accident victims since 1990. He fights for what is right and has empathy for the clients he serves. David was recognized in both 2020 and 2021 as a Super Lawyer, thus among the top five percent of personal injury lawyers in the New York metro area.

Speak to an Experienced Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney in Mount Vernon

Traumatic brain injury cases are challenging, and insurance companies will work hard to deny or minimize your claim. If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury because of the negligence or recklessness of another person in Mount Vernon, Lever & Ecker, PLLC, can assist you in your case for monetary compensation. The experienced Mount Vernon personal injury attorneys at Lever & Ecker will investigate your claim, negotiate with insurance adjusters on your behalf, and represent you in court should your case go to trial.

We help our personal injury clients receive the financial compensation they deserve. Our knowledgeable TBI lawyers in Mount Vernon will answer your questions regarding your case. Call us at (914) 350-6328 or (718) 558-6924 or reach us online to start your free case evaluation today.

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