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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.

Study Finds Post-Spinal Injury Scarring Could Benefit Patients

Monday, November 04, 2013

According to the results of a study that was published recently in the scientific journal Science, the formation of scar tissue after a spinal cord injury at the site of the injury, could actually prevent the expansion of the injury, and help boost recovery of the patient. That flies in the face of established scientific literature that has held that scar formation at the site of the injury impedes recovery efforts. The new study finds that this is not necessarily so.

The study was conducted by scientists at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, and according to their studies, scar tissue that is formed at a spinal injury site by stem cells after an injury does not impair recovery, and could actually help limit the amount of damage that is caused after the injury. For many years now, studies have indicated to Thousand Oaks spinal injury lawyers that recovery after a spinal injury is impeded due to the formation of scar tissue. According to earlier studies, the scar tissue that is formed at the site of the injury blocks the regeneration of new nerve cells, and therefore, functional impairment after an injury tends to be permanent.

However, in the new research, the scientists focused on spinal cord stem cells, which are mainly responsible for the formation of scar tissue around the spinal cord injury. They found that when the scar formation was blocked by preventing the stem cells from generating new cells, the injury ultimately began to expand, and resulted in damage to more numbers of nerve fibers. However, when the mice had continued stem cell function after the injury, scar formation continued normally. Spinal cord stem cells were actually greater in number in these mice.


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