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What happens in New York after a brain injury is suffered in an accident?

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According to the U.S. Department of Health, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) contribute to a large number of deaths and cases of permanent disability each year. Approximately, 1.7 million people sustain an injury to their brain each year. A TBI is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal functioning of the brain. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild” to “severe”. Falls and motor vehicle collisions are the leading causes of brain injuries.

Traumatic brain injuries are often overlooked after an accident. Symptoms may take time to develop, and vary from individual to individual, but may include excessive tiredness, depression, headaches, memory loss, confusion, difficulty concentrating, sleep disturbances, dizziness/loss of balance or irritability after an accident.

A traumatic brain injury can cause immense physical, emotional and economic costs to injured individuals and their families. Economic hardship may arise from hospital bills, doctor’s bills and a diminished ability to earn money to pay those bills or even the basic costs of living. According to Northwestern University, the lifetime medical costs alone for someone who survives a brain injury can reach at least $3 million depending on the severity.

A traumatic brain injury after an accident can pose a legal minefield for victims and their families. Many injured individuals are unaware of the benefits and compensation they are entitled to. Others get the run-around from those responsible to pay for the injury. The Brain Injury Association receives thousands of complaints each year from injured individuals whose medical treatment, recovery and compensation have been delayed or denied because the insurance company refuses pay after an accident.  

If you or a family member has been affected by a brain injury, you may be entitled to compensation and governmental benefits for your losses. The Law Firm of Pecoraro & Schiesel LLP can investigate the facts and determine your legal rights to monetary compensation and other benefits. We are experienced attorneys that can help you navigate the legal minefield after a catastrophic injury.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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