Queens Brain Injury Lawyer
At the Law Offices of Gary E. Rosenberg, P.C., we understand brain injuries. The brain is a magnificent organ in the body because it controls our bodies' movements. While the brain is a very complex object, it is also soft and vulnerable to injuries. When an accident occurs, the brain can be significantly damaged. A Queens personal injury attorney from our firm can be by your side you help you seek the compensation that you and your family deserves for a brain injury.
Direct Trauma could be a result of a force or blow that fractures or penetrates the skull. Brain swelling or edema can occur. A skull fracture where bone is moved out of place, or displaced, can push loose bone into the brain, causing bleeding and tissue damage. Direct trauma to the brain can occur when the skull strikes the ground in a slip/trip and fall accident or strikes a steering wheel in an auto accident.
A concussion is a loss of alertness from a blow to the head. A concussion injury victim may lose concentration, become confused or even dizzy and fall. The brain may heal from concussion on its own. If the force of the blow is hard enough, or if a head is repeatedly struck, there may be permanent brain damage. Loss of Consciousness refers to the loss of awareness which can be caused by a variety of factors, can lead to a brief daze to spending days in a coma. As a general rule, the longer an accident victim is unconscious, the more serious the injury.
Even if the skull holds its shape, the forces unleashed upon the brain can cause it to bounce against the inside of the skull, which is bone. The brain is soft and therefore, this bouncing can cause the brain to bruise (contusion) or bleed (hemorrhage).Bleeding can result in a blood build up or blood clot, which can be life-threatening, because there is no room for this extra blood. The skull does not expand and therefore, the blood will press on softer objects, such as brain tissue.
With large amounts of bleeding in the brain, the pressure can make critical areas of the brain stop functioning properly. The dangers posed by brain bleeding are the same in the case of brain swelling (edema). In this situation, there is no room for brain tissue to expand and therefore, it can push against the skull and start to die off.
Indirect Trauma can cause injury without a direct low to the head. An example from the news is a form of child abuse known as Shaken Baby Syndrome. Severe shaking stretches and damages delicate nerve cells in the brain, causing catastrophic injury or even death. In adults, whiplash injury can involve severe forces that may shake or rotate the brain enough to cause permanent damage.
Interruption of the brain's oxygen supply (hypoxia) can occur during a heart attack or where breathing is interrupted. Construction workers exposed to chemicals at the job site, such as lead, benzene, toluene, carbon monoxide, may also suffer brain damage, depending on the level and length of time of exposure.
Results of Brain Injuries
There are a variety of brain injuries that can result from trauma to the head. A post-concussion syndrome (PCS) may follow a concussion. The effects include dizziness, nausea, disorientation, vomiting, forgetfulness, irritability, depression, headache, mood swings and insomnia. Amnesia is another result of a brain injury. It refers to the loss of memory of events that occurred prior to the injury and those following the injury. A seizure occurs when brain nerve cells fire out of control. A "grand mal" seizure happens when all the brain's nerve cells rapidly fire. This can cause the patient to lose consciousness, fall down and convulse. Smaller seizures may come from specific parts of the brain and only affect the part of the body controlled by that area of the brain.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be diagnosed when a sudden injury occurs. TBI can be caused by a car accident where a head strikes a mirror, steering wheel, windshield, side column or even the head of another occupant of the vehicle. In other situations, a falling object may strike the head, which often takes place in construction accidents. Annually, more than 1.5 million people suffer TBI. It is also a contributing factor in almost a third of all injury-related deaths in the United States.
Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain. An accident victim with mild TBI may remain conscious or may experience a short period of unconsciousness. This individual may have headaches, dizziness, behavior or mood changes, and difficulty concentrating and with memory. An individual with severe TBI may show, in addition to the symptoms of mild TBI, persistent, disabling headaches, repeat vomiting or nausea, convulsions or seizures, difficulty waking up, pupil dilation, slurred speech, numbness or weakness in the arms or legs, and increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation.
TBI can be difficult to diagnose. An accident victim may walk away from a head bump feeling fine, or with just a slight headache, and shortly thereafter pass away. Cases in point are former Congressman and musician Sonny Bono who died on January 5, 1998. While skiing in Nevada, he struck a tree and hit his head. He died instantly of massive brain injuries. Actress Natasha Richardson, just 45 years old, suffered a small tumble on a ski slope in Quebec and also hit her head. She suffered no immediate symptoms, yet some four hours later her condition worsened and she passed away.
Seek Immediate Medical Attention
Anyone who has suffered a head injury and has symptoms of TBI should seek emergency medical care immediately. Little can be done to reverse the initial TBI damage and therefore, medical personnel can try to stabilize an individual with TBI and focus on preventing further injury. Primary medical concerns include insuring proper oxygen supply to the brain and the rest of the body, maintaining adequate blood flow and controlling blood pressure.
Contact Our Firm in Queens County
One of our Queens brain injury lawyers can help guide you through the treatment and solidify the TBI diagnosis. Our work can also include documenting the severity of the injury and performing the necessary investigations. For your or your loved one's brain injury, you will need strong legal representation from a qualified Queens personal injury attorney. Contact us for your free case evaluation.