After an accident in which you suffered some sort of head or brain trauma, you may have to spend time in the hospital or at a rehabilitation facility, recovering from your injuries. This recovery can cause your medical bills to climb quickly. Additionally, you may be missing work, which leaves you without a source of income.
Such a situation can be extremely stressful, leaving you facing a long line of potential financial problems. If the accident was someone else’s fault, you should not have to bear these financial issues on your own. The insurance company for the person who caused the accident and your injuries should provide you with a fair settlement that reflects your reduced quality of life, as well as covers medical costs.
Receiving the settlement you deserve is not always easy, though. Having a Long Island brain injury lawyer on your side may help you collect the compensation you need for your injuries and losses. Contact the team at Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. today at (631) 600-0000 for a free case review.
Oftentimes a brain injury is called an “invisible” injury. When someone is involved in an accident and clearly has a broken leg or a significant laceration, it is easy to see the injury and make a judgment on what kind of recovery time the victim will require.
However, when someone suffers a brain injury, it can be far more difficult to determine what kind of recovery is required. It is difficult for doctors to measure the level of impairment from a brain injury. Brain trauma does not always result in injuries that are easily seen either, which can lead some people to question the severity of the brain injury.
When brain injuries occur in an accident, the victim often requires care from specialists, as well as a long recovery time and multiple doctor visits. This process can be especially frustrating when a personal injury lawsuit is involved, as the opportunity to reach a settlement becomes drawn out. The victim probably does not want to settle until he or she has a full medical diagnosis and knows what the recovery will entail.
Finding Help with Medical Care
Finding specialists who are able to properly diagnose brain injuries can be a challenge. You may see a general practice doctor who is able to recommend good specialists to help with the traumatic brain injury.
It is important to find the right doctor to help with your diagnosis and recovery. Brain injuries can be long-lasting, and your chance of recovering as fully as possible is better when you undergo treatment as early as you can.
If you are ready to consult with an attorney about your injuries, seeking to determine the strength of your personal injury lawsuit, call the team at Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. Our Long Island brain injury lawyers are ready to protect your right to seek the fairest possible compensation for your, lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills, and reduction in quality of life. Contact us for a free consultation at (631) 600-0000 today.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
The CDC says an average of 155 Americans die daily from an injury or accident where a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is present.
According to MedlinePlus, TBIs can occur in one of two ways, including:
- Closed head injury: a sudden jolt to the head that causes the brain to hit the inside of the skull can cause damage
- Penetrating injury: an object penetrates the skull and pierces the brain
According to the Mayo Clinic, multiple types of accidents can lead to a brain injury:
When someone riding in or operating a motor vehicle is struck by another motor vehicle, the force involved in the sudden reduction in speed can cause the brain to move violently inside the skull, causing a closed head injury.
It is also possible that those involved in the car accident could receive a penetrating injury, where flying debris strikes and penetrates the victim’s skull.
When someone falls to the ground, he or she could suffer a TBI, as the brain can make contact with the inside of the skull because of the sudden stop when the body hits the ground.
If an elderly person falls in a nursing home, for example, doctors will initially look for broken bones and other types of obvious injuries. Some of the longest-lasting injuries from a fall for an elderly person can involve TBIs.
Other Vehicular Injuries
Because pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists have so little protection when they are struck by a motor vehicle, they often will suffer brain injuries, even in a crash that appears minor.
The person who is hit by the car could suffer a brain injury in the collision and again when his or her body hits the ground.
We Will Help You Pursue the Fairest Possible Settlement
Insurance companies do not always treat victims in personal injury lawsuits fairly. The insurer may attempt to convince you that your injuries are not as serious or life-altering as your doctor may believe they are, all to reduce the settlement it should pay to you.
If the insurer offers you a settlement amount, understand that you do not have to accept it. You have the right to negotiate for a higher amount that better reflects your situation going forward. For help with the negotiation phase of the settlement, consider hiring a Long Island brain injury lawyer.
If you qualify, the team at Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. is ready to begin working on your behalf as soon as you choose to hire us. We take pride in being able to defend the rights of people who did nothing wrong and are just seeking a fair settlement for their lost income, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. For a free consultation about your case, contact us at (631) 600-0000 today.