If a person suffers a traumatic brain injury, concussion, or serious head injury because of a third party’s negligence, that person is legally entitled to receive monetary compensation. This is where the services of a highly skilled Queens traumatic brain injury lawyer is needed to help you protect your rights and fight aggressively to get you the compensation you deserve. That attorneys at Cellino Law have helped thousands of people recover compensation amounting to millions of dollars in personal injury litigation throughout New York.
Contact our highly skilled and experienced lawyers and find out how a personal injury attorney in Queens can help you with your traumatic brain injury. We offer a free initial consultation service or free case evaluation.
Remember, whenever a person sustains a traumatic brain injury, it can lead to life-changing and even life-threatening consequences. It is possible you may never be able to work in the same field again. Physical and mental abilities may be affected. Remember, such an injury may demand special treatments, support, rehabilitation, and other forms of resources for the recovery progress. In a nutshell, both the survivor and the victim of a TBI (traumatic brain injury) will surely face challenges.
Allow us to represent you and help you get the compensation you highly deserve. Our Queens injury law firm will be with you for every step and advise you on legal matters. It is essential to get legal representation, especially when it comes to injuries like a TBI. At Cellino Law, we fully understand your case’s seriousness and its impact on both you and your family. This is one of the reasons why we represent our clients aggressively intending to help them recover the maximum compensation amount possible.
What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
According to the Mayo Clinic, a traumatic brain injury is damage to the brain caused by a head impact. It is often caused when the brain and the skull collide after a sudden impact.
According to reports, TBIs result in about 52,000 fatalities and 275,000 hospitalization cases every year. The injury can occur in different situations where there is a sudden impact on the brain, like in an automotive accident, playing sports, and even violent acts. The brain is not held in place by the skull; there are spaces surrounding it. Therefore, whenever there is a violent impact to the head, the brain bounces around and results in injuries.
The shaking or the impact on the brain may cause bleeding, bruising, or tissue tears. Therefore, a TBI is a serious issue but can be difficult to identify because it is not visible. Physicians rely on symptoms to diagnose traumatic injuries, and the easiest to diagnose is a concussion. However, some cannot be proven easily, such as Diffuse Axonal Injury, Anoxic Brain Injury, and Hypoxic Brain Injury.
Regardless of injury type, it is not easy to deal with the condition, and recovery is not always guaranteed and takes time (sometimes months and even years).
What Causes Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Traumatic brain injury is caused by the head, especially when there is a serious head impact like being struck by an object. The most common accident types that could result in TBI include:
The sad truth is that some people who suffer TBI will die. According to a CDC (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) report collected between 2006 and 2010, slip and vehicle accidents were the leading cause of death related to TBI. According to the report, slip and fall-related deaths were high in individuals aged 65 years and above, while vehicle accident-related deaths were high in individuals aged 5 to 24 years.
If you or a loved one has sustained a severe brain injury or has died due to an accident, contact an experienced brain injury lawyer today. You can get in touch with our highly skilled lawyers at Cellino Law in Queens through (800)-555-5555 and book a free consultation session.
How Is Traumatic Brain Injury Diagnosed?
After an accident, tests must be conducted to determine if a person has incurred traumatic brain injury. The tests assess a person’s level of consciousness, physical condition, brain function, nerve function, and others.
Below are a few common tests that are used by the physician to diagnose TBI:
If a doctor wants to conduct tests or suspects that a person has TBI, the physician may decide to use diagnostic imaging. The imaging may be obtained through a CT-scan, MRI, or PET scan. The goal is to help a physician visualize the injuries better so that they can come up with a better treatment plan.
CT-Scan (Computerized Tomography): – This technique uses an X-Ray machine to generate 360-degree imaging of an individual’s brain. This scan can show bleeding, bruising, and any other brain injury.
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging): This technique uses magnetic fields and strong radio waves to form images of the brain. Unlike a CT scan, MRI scans produce a more detailed brain image.
PET (Positron Emission Tomography) Scan: This technology uses a radioactive tracer to identify brain damage and diseases. This scan has the capability of showing the way a brain is functioning.
Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS)
Glasgow Coma Scale is used to measure a person’s ability to move, speak, and even open their eyes. Therefore, a person’s response in each case or category will be rated to come up with a total score. The lower the total score, the severe the traumatic brain injury.
In a nutshell, a total rating of 13 and above indicates mild TBI. A total score of 9-12 indicates moderate TBI. A total score of 8 and less indicates severe TBI.
An individual suspected of TBI will be given a test with either one or multiple physicians to evaluate if the said person is experiencing traumatic brain injury. The doctors will evaluate cognitive, motor, and communication skills. The physicians who offer these tests are:
- Physical therapist
- Occupational therapist
- Speech-language pathologist
After an individual’s injuries have been evaluated, the doctor will be able to commence with rehabilitation treatment. The goal of rehabilitation treatment is to give a person a way to manage the effects of their injuries and help them get close to cognitive function as much as possible.
The truth is that some traumatic brain injuries need more involved care compared to others. Also, those who seek immediate medical attention and treatment have a higher chance of recovery. Contact a highly skilled lawyer near Queens today if you or a loved one has suffered or died from traumatic brain injury. Contact Cellino Law through (888) 888-8888 and book a free consultation session.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
There are few types of traumatic brain injuries, all of which are defined by the head trauma itself and how the impact occurred. For example, some will subside fast and require minimal treatment. On the other hand, some are permanent and demand more time to heal and even need invasive treatment options.
Below are a few examples of the most common types of traumatic brain injuries:
This type of TBI occurs when there is an outside impact force to the head but does not affect the skull. This type of TBI can either be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the collision.
This type of TBI occurs when the skull is penetrated by a foreign object and compromises the outer meninges layer.
Diffuse Axonal Injury
This type of injury involves a sudden or rapid shift of the brain, causing the axon or connecting fibres to twist or tear.
This type of injury results in the bruising pattern of the brain tissue on opposite sides (sites of the impact).
This type of injury generally involves damage, disruption, or fragmentation of the skull, which may result in an infection of the brain or brain damage.
This is a type of TBI that involves a ruptured blood vessel causing a collection of blood in the empty spaces between the brain and the skull or inside brain tissue.
Get in touch with a personal injury attorney immediately if either you or your loved one has sustained a brain injury. At Cellino Law, we have a team of highly-skilled, trained, and experienced lawyers ready to work on your claim. You can contact us at (888) 888-8888 for your free non-obligational consultation.
The Signs and Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury is a very serious and even life-changing condition no-matter what the cause. In some cases, the symptoms may last a few weeks, in others a few months and some even years. TBI is a condition that affects everything a person can do, such as maintaining a healthy relationship, waking ability, and so on.
We at Cellino Law, we fully understand the impact TBI has on a victim and the family. This is why we work hard and make it part of our goal to ensure traumatic brain victims get legal representation. If you are a victim of TBI, then you may be legally eligible to receive compensation. To learn more about your case and legal option, call us today.
The human brain is complex, and it is only now professionals are getting to learn more about it. On the other hand, in case of damage or injuries, every person will show different signs and symptoms. Remember, a person does not have to lose consciousness to know they have suffered a brain injury.
It is important to note that some symptoms appear quickly, while others take time to manifest (even weeks after the accident). Below are a few common brain injury symptoms:
- Difficulties in reading or writing
- Vision change or hallucinations
- Sexual drive or function change
- Constant mood changes irritation, anxiety, and Sadness
- Slurred speech or ability to speak
- Poor control or voluntary movement
- Poor recognizing faces or locating objects
- Difficulties with hand-to-eye Coordination
- Nausea, tremors, and dizziness
- Impaired gross or fine motor coordination
- Chronic headaches
- Having trouble solving problems and remembering
Of course, there are many other signs. However, if you or your family member is experiencing either of these symptoms, it is wise to seek immediate medical attention. After seeking medical attention, contact us for legal advice.
How Traumatic Brain Injury Impacts a Person’s Life
Although traumatic brain injuries vary greatly from one person to the next, in most cases, a person will have to learn how to manage or cope with permanent physical or mental impairments suffered. The consequences of TBI can either be short term or long term. It may affect the following:
- Mental health and behavior: like personality changes, acting out, anxiety, or depression
- Motor skills and coordination: like grabbing objects, balance, posture, and others
- Communication skills: like speech, expression, and understanding
- Cognitive processes: like memory, concentration, and reasoning skills
- Sensory processing: like taste, smell, touch, hearing, or sight
There is no doubt that a traumatic brain injury can lead to serious financial difficulties not only for the victim but also for the family. That is because this is a condition requiring extensive medical care and therapy to manage it. The treatment options are not cheap as well. The condition may also affect a person to the level where they cannot continue working or advance their careers as they intended. A person can also have a hard time performing daily tasks such as changing, cooking, going to the toilet, and so on.
How Is a Traumatic Brain Injury Case Proven?
To prove a traumatic brain injury case, extensive resources are needed, like the services of a professional in the field, medical records, and others. There are some cases where a victim will not be aware they have TBI until too late. This is the reason why it is wise to seek immediate medical attention for a full checkup.
After the checkup, do not get worked up on where to start, just contact our law firm, and we will help you with the legal matters. We have a connection or access to some of the leading brain injury professionals who will also help with the case. As such, we will work closely with them to build a strong case against the third party. In other words, we will ensure you get the legal justice you rightfully deserve.
Why Should You Hire a Lawyer for Your TBI Claim?
At Cellino Law, we only hire the most experienced, skilled, and professional lawyers in New York. Our lawyer selection process is quite effective because we have won many notable cases. A majority of our cases have been settled out of court and saved our clients the hustle, time, and money. We have worked on different types of personal injury cases and, as such, experienced in negotiation, which is a great financial saver and burden to the victim.
Therefore, during the consultation, we will explore all options and provide an honest opinion regarding your case and the best legal action to take. During the consultation, we will explain in detail what you should expect and the chances of your case being successful. Throughout the years, we have won our clients more than $4 million for automotive accident victims. Do not work on your claim on your own or treat it as a DIY project; allow a professional to do it for you.
How Much Is My Traumatic Brain Injury Worth?
The truth is that different cases have different compensation amounts. In other words, a substantial financial award is given based on the severity of the Injuries. This is because severe injuries demand more medical and financial attention. Other factors do come into play, such as lost income, lost life-enjoyment, and more.
In a nutshell, the amount a victim will get will depend on the case’s specifics, details, the severity of the Injuries, the impact on the brain, and more. All in all, you may be eligible to receive the following compensations:
- Medical expenses, including future medical treatments
- Loss of earning capabilities
- Replacement services
- Punitive damages
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
If you want to get a more accurate value estimation of your traumatic brain injury, contact a personal injury lawyer at Cellino Law in Queens, NY today.
Contact Our Queens Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers at Cellino Law
It does not matter if your TBI is a result of an automotive accident, slip, and fall, or any other, you will need the help of a professional and skilled lawyer. In these situations, you will always find that insurance companies do not care about your health or interests and will always look for a way to either pay you as little as possible or deny your insurance payout. We know all the tactics they use.
For example, an insurance company may attempt to downplay the severity of your injuries or claim that it is a pre-existing condition. They may also challenge your overall claim on your life and pressure you into accepting a little compensation.
Do not allow yourself to play right into the insurance company’s hands by accepting their offer without speaking to a lawyer because this will impact your future and overall wellbeing. This is why our Queens personal injury firm does not take cases lightly.
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