New York Brain Injury Attorneys
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can have lifelong debilitating effects, leaving you in an unresponsive state or dramatically impacting cognitive abilities, employment, family, and all social aspects of life.
Head injuries can forever change a person’s life. Mental capacity can be diminished or erased. Personalities can be altered. And families often face a mountain of medical bills with the cost of long-term treatment.
Our law firm has decades of experience dealing with insurance companies to recover damages from personal injuries.
How can a lawyer help with your traumatic brain injury claim?
Table of Contents
- 1 How can a lawyer help with your traumatic brain injury claim?
- 2 Frequently Asked Questions About Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
- 2.1 How do I know if I have a lawsuit for a traumatic brain injury?
- 2.2 How long do I have to file a brain injury or TBI claim following a traumatic brain injury?
- 2.3 What are some causes of traumatic brain injuries?
- 2.4 What are some common symptoms of traumatic brain injury, mild TBI (MTBI), and concussions?
- 2.5 Is a concussion a traumatic brain injury or type of TBI?
- 2.6 Can a brain injury occur without loss of consciousness?
- 2.7 Why is TBI called an invisible injury?
- 3 Choosing Belluck & Fox as Your TBI Lawyer
Because these brain injuries can be so serious, insurance companies may approach you immediately with a quick brain injury settlement offer. This is not an act of kindness. This is an effort to avoid a brain damage lawsuit by getting you to sign your rights away before you know how deeply this injury is going to affect you.
Working with a personal injury lawyer can help you fight against those responsible for brain trauma, head injury, medical errors, or even wrongful death.
When we take your case, we will thoroughly assess the damages you have suffered and will continue to suffer. Depending on the circumstances, we may demand:
- Payment for medical bills, including compensation for future rehabilitative treatment, long-term care, counseling, medications, and mobility devices
- Payment for lost wages, factoring in whether you will be able to work in the future or if you will be forced to take a lower-paying job
- Compensation for the physical, emotional, and psychological pain and suffering you are dealing with
- Punitive damages, which are awarded in some cases to punish the at-fault party for extreme misconduct
Calculating how much compensation you will need after a brain injury can be extremely complicated, and workers’ compensation is limited in what it covers. That is why you need to discuss your options with our knowledgeable New York City traumatic brain injury attorneys.
How much will it cost to hire a traumatic brain injury lawyer?
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation on your traumatic head injury case. We do not charge anything upfront if we agree to work on your claim, and you only have to pay legal fees if and when we recover compensation for you.
Frequently Asked Questions About Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
How do I know if I have a lawsuit for a traumatic brain injury?
The brain is a complicated organ that can be injured in many different ways. Some of the most common types of head and brain injuries include:
- Open head injuries, in which the skull is punctured
- Closed head injuries, in which the skull isn’t fractured so the brain doesn’t have room to expand as it swells
- Concussions, which can range from mild to severe
- Contusions, which leave the brain bruised or bleeding
- Coup-contrecoup injuries, in which the head is slammed back and forth, inflicting multiple contusions on the brain
- Diffuse axonal injuries, in which the skull is forcefully shaken or rotated around the brain, damaging tissue and disrupting neurological and chemical functions
If you’ve experienced any of these injuries at the fault of another, you might have a case. Our TBI attorneys will provide a free consultation and walk you through the process of determining whether or not to move forward.
How long do I have to file a brain injury or TBI claim following a traumatic brain injury?
The statute of limitations – or how long you have to file a lawsuit since an incident occurred – varies from state to state. For personal injury cases in New York State, the statute of limitations is three years. That is why it is so important to contact Belluck & Fox for a free consultation to get your case started right away.
What are some causes of traumatic brain injuries?
At Belluck & Fox, we work with clients who have suffered brain injuries of all types. The most common causes of brain injuries, according to the Mayo Clinic, include:
- Auto accidents
- Injuries attained in construction zones
- Falls, which can be from one level to another or a result of slipping or tripping at ground level
- Violent acts
If you are coping with a brain injury due to another party’s negligence or dangerous behavior, you need to speak with one of our New York personal injury attorneys as soon as possible.
What are some common symptoms of traumatic brain injury, mild TBI (MTBI), and concussions?
If you have suffered (or suspect you have suffered) a head injury, watch out for symptoms such as:
- Loss of consciousness
- Feeling dazed or confused
- Problems remembering or concentrating
- Feeling dizzy or off balance
- Loss of coordination
- Feeling tired or sleepier than usual
- Having trouble sleeping
- Changes in vision, hearing, taste, or smell
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Dilated pupils
- Slurred speech
- Clear fluid coming from the nose or ears
- Convulsions or seizures
- Numbness in fingers and toes
- Mood swings
All of these could be signs that you have endured a TBI and should seek both medical and legal assistance as soon as possible.
Is a concussion a traumatic brain injury or type of TBI?
Yes. According to the CDC, “a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.”
Can a brain injury occur without loss of consciousness?
Yes, there is growing evidence that brain injuries can occur without loss of consciousness. These kinds of injuries can be associated with long-term risk for dementia. Because you can have a brain injury without loss of consciousness, they can often be difficult to diagnose, and that is why it is important to have an MRI or CT-Scan done as part of a diagnosis.
Why is TBI called an invisible injury?
Many head injuries can be visually gruesome. However, others are not evident at first glance. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration refers to traumatic brain injuries (TBI) as “the silent epidemic” because complications may not be obvious to the eye, or in other words, “invisible.”
Choosing Belluck & Fox as Your TBI Lawyer
We put clients first. If you or a loved one is suffering the potentially lifelong consequences of someone else’s mistake, you can count on the best New York brain injury lawyers at Belluck & Fox to fight for the compensation you deserve.
For more than 20 years, clients have trusted Belluck & Fox because our attorneys have secured more than $1 billion for injured people and their families. We fight for you and your family as if they were our own.
Schedule a free consultation today to learn how Belluck & Fox will stand up for you. We have locations in New York City, Albany, Gloversille, Woodstock, and Rochester.