A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when an external force inflicts injury on the head and brain. A TBI can be life-changing, with various impacts to a survivor’s mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Every brain injury is different. Some affect the brain temporarily, while others are permanent or fatal. If you or a loved one have a traumatic brain injury from a recent accident in New York City, contact the lawyers at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C., to discuss your rights.
Traumatic brain injuries are some of the most serious personal injuries. You and your family may be facing thousands of dollars in lifelong medical bills, on top of lost wages and diminished quality of life. If a negligent person caused your injuries, you may be eligible for compensation from your own or the at-fault person’s insurance company.
An insurance company, however, may try to downplay your TBI and offer less than your injuries are worth. Hire a lawyer to prevent an insurer from taking advantage of you. A lawyer can take over settlement negotiations on your behalf, fighting for fair financial recovery while you focus on physical healing.
Many different accidents can result in traumatic brain injuries. Any incident that involves a blow to the head, such as a slip and fall or building materials falling and striking a construction worker, can injure the brain. The brain may suffer bleeding, swelling, or other damage that may or may not heal with time. Statistically, the five most common causes of TBIs are:
TBIs often stem from someone else’s negligence. A distracted driver, for example, could be responsible for causing a collision that results in traumatic brain injury as a result of texting while driving in New York. If you believe someone should have prevented you or a loved one’s brain injury, seek counsel from an attorney near you. You may be eligible for compensation through a personal injury claim.
After an accident that causes a TBI in New York City, victims and their loved ones may have the right to file personal injury claims against the responsible party. Depending on the circumstances and parties involved you may have as much as three years from the date of your accident to file your claim. First, however your lawyer must identify the potential at fault parties and assess liability. The liable party will be the person who:
Your attorney can help you prove liability in front of a judge or jury. You will need evidence of the defendant’s fault for causing your injury, such as photographs of the auto accident or reports from eyewitnesses. Your lawyer may also hire experts to testify on your behalf. Hiring a lawyer can lift the burden of proof from your shoulders during your claim.
If you wish to hold a negligent or reckless party accountable for your traumatic brain injury, contact us to start your case with a free consultation in New York City. Our lawyers have experience representing victims with TBIs and know how to fight for fair compensation. Our firm has recovered more than $2 billion in settlements and verdicts for clients in the past 10 years. We may be able to help you, too. Call (212) 732-9000 today.