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What Damages Can You Seek for Traumatic Brain injuries?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

If you or someone you know has endured a traumatic brain injury, you may be entitled to seek damages, providing the accident was not your fault. However, unlike other accidents, many don't know exactly what damages they can seek for a brain injury.

Loss of Earning Capacity

This is typically the first sort of damages that should be sought after a brain injury. It has been found that those who suffered a brain injury often retire up to 15 years sooner because they typically have trouble focusing, controlling anger, retaining key memories, and suffering from fatigue. Taking that into consideration, you may be able to receive damages because you had to take a lower paying position and your working years may have been cut short.

Life Care Damages

If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, there are a number of costs that come with the injury. This includes physical therapy, medications, surgery, and time spent in the hospital. If the injury was not your fault, you should not be left with these bills.

Pain and Suffering

Pain and suffering can be difficult to calculate, as can its close cousin loss of enjoyment of life. In some court districts, experts on pain and suffering aren't even allowed to testify, but when they are, they present a number of economic statistics that prove that your quality of life has been diminished by a certain percentage.

If you or someone you love has been a victim of a brain injury, don't go after damages alone. With a good personal injury attorney, you can get so much more and we can assure that you win. Contact us today to see what potential for a case you have.

Brain Injuries / Back Injuries / Spinal Cord Injuries May Lead to Major Lawsuits

Friday, April 08, 2016

On February 5, 2016, a lower Manhattan crane collapse garnered nationwide coverage. A 38-year-old man walking to work died in the accident. Three other individuals sustained injuries of varying severity. One of them was a man who was sitting in a parked car, waiting for his daughter to complete a medical appointment. The 73-year-old Massachusetts man suffered fractures to both his skull and spine when the crane boom came down on him.

Buildings Department Faulted

On Friday, March 18, 2016, the attorney for the man filed a complaint with the New York City Controller that blamed the city buildings department for failing to adequately monitor the construction site. In the complaint, the department is accused of "negligence, recklessness and carelessness."

A $30 million lawsuit names the New York City Department of Buildings as the defendant, according to the New York Daily News. The suit claims that the department failed to consider weather reports that predicted high winds across New York City on the date of the crane collapse.

Medical Evaluation Continues

The case illustrates some of the potential consequences of brain injuries, back injuries and spinal cord injuries. The injured man is still being evaluated for a possible traumatic brain injury according to his attorney. It is also possible that he'll require spinal surgery to repair the fractures. The retired businessman and dirt bike enthusiast now faces repeated visits to a Boston physician's office.

Although the circumstances of every construction accident are unique, it is important that there be a knowledgeable analysis of which parties were negligent. When it is reasonable to assert negligence in such an accident, it is often possible for a victim to seek monetary damages for a variety of losses, including medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages.

If you or a family member suffers injury or loss of life in an accident, it is possible to review the details with a personal injury attorney focused on relevant areas of the law. Our firm offers this type of consultation free of charge. To learn more, please contact us.

Trauma Patients Benefit from Blood Transfusions

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Persons, who have suffered severe injuries and receive blood transfusions on the way to the hospital either through medical helicopter or via ground ambulance, have a much higher chance of surviving their injuries.

A recent study focused on 97 patients who suffered trauma in accidents, and who received blood transfusions or plasma transfusions either in a medical helicopter or ground ambulance on their way to the hospital.

When the researchers compared the recovery rates of the patients with patients who did not receive any transfusions on the way to the hospital, they found that the patients who received blood transfusions were approximately 8% less likely to die within six hours of arriving at the hospital. In comparison, the patients in the group that did not receive blood transfusions while on their way to the hospital had a lower chance of surviving their injuries. Persons who received blood transfusions were also 13% more likely to survive until they were discharged from the hospital.

En- route blood transfusion seems to be an effective way of intervening early in the patient's medical condition, thereby increasing his chances of surviving his injuries. Such intervention can save lives, because early intervention is key when a person has suffered severe traumatic injuries, like the kind that occur during a serious auto accident or truck accident.

Severe trauma in auto accidents can be reduced by wearing seat belts, and travelling in a car that comes with side airbag systems, frontal airbags, and other gadgets that reduce the risk of severe injuries. You can also reduce your risk of suffering serious head injuries in an accident by always wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle or bicycle.

Tips on Choosing a Motorcycle Helmet

Monday, September 23, 2013

Every motorcycle accident lawyer would agree that wearing a helmet offers the greatest degree of protection during an accident. However, it is not enough to wear a helmet. It is equally important to make sure that you wear a helmet that is built to adhere to federally approved standards, is comfortable to wear, and strong enough to protect your skull from injuries in an accident.

To make sure that your head is protected at all times while riding, wear a helmet that adheres to the standards set by the Department of Transportation. The helmet must be certified and approved by the federal agency. Many motorcyclists make the mistake of choosing a helmet based on the look and style, and not on whether these have been approved by the DOT. An approved helmet has been tested to make sure that it adheres to the standards set by the DOT, and therefore, is likely to protect your head from brain injuries in an accident.

When it comes to the style of a helmet, choose one with maximum protection for your head and neck. As much as possible, try to avoid helmets that expose large areas of the back of your head or your neck. Half helmets and quarter helmets fall into this category because they offer minimal protection. Flip up or modular helmets are most effective because they offer full face helmet protection, while also being convenient to wear.

Check if the helmet fits you well. Try it on for size, and make sure that the helmet is not too big or too small. A helmet that is too small will be uncomfortable to wear, while one that is too big may not cushion your skull adequately.

Car Accident Victims with Brain Injury Could Benefit from Aggressive Treatment

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Expensive forms of treatment for brain injury like invasive surgery, could be costly in the short-term, but lead to better outcomes for patients in Burbank. According to a study by researchers at the University Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, aggressive treatments on a 20-year-old patient cost as much as $100,000 less over the long-term, and led to better patient outcomes.

The results of the study have been published in the Journal of Neurosurgery. The researchers compared aggressive treatment with more routine care. The biggest focus was on the short-term as well as long-term costs of these treatments.

Burbank personal injury lawyers find that the kind of routine care that brain injury patients are typically subjected to is much less expensive, but is widely used. Aggressive treatment costs more, but, according to the researchers, could lead to a much better prognosis for the patient. Aggressive treatments like surgery also help contribute to a better quality life for the patient after the surgery. Additionally, these treatments ensure that the person has lower medical and other costs over the long term.

Invasive surgery as a treatment for brain injury is controversial. Surgeons have been performing decompressive hemicraniectomies for a while now. This is a surgery in which a part of the skull is removed to alleviate pressure on the brain.

The researchers found that the maximum benefits of aggressive treatment for brain injury could be seen in younger patients. However, that doesn't mean that elderly victims cannot benefit. Even patients in their 80s can benefit to some extent from aggressive treatment.

Approximately 200,000 people are hospitalized in the United States every year after suffering a brain injury. An overwhelming majority of these injuries occur in automobile accidents, as a result of slip and fall accidents or during violent assaults. These injuries cost the US economy approximately $60 billion a year.


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