Brain Injury Lawyers in Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse, NY

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If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) due to the negligence of another, you may be entitled to financial compensation. TBI survivors face lifelong physical, psychological, and social challenges, often including loss of independence. Additionally, the families of a TBI survivor face challenges, such as caring for their loved one and the financial cost of daily care and medical treatment. At Lipsitz, Ponterio & Comerford, LLC our experienced and compassionate team of attorneys and staff are here to help you through every step of the legal process.

Understanding Traumatic Brain Injuries

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The term “brain injury” refers to a broad category of injuries. Brain injuries can result from many different types of accidents and mishaps.

TBI’s can cause various types of physical, psychological, and social challenges. A TBI survivor may be unable to return to work, face difficulty performing daily tasks, experience difficulty communicating, require daily care, and have extensive medical and treatment costs. 

Common Brain Injuries

  • Concussions
  • Contusions
  • Hematomas
  • Skull fractures

Even minor brain injuries are very serious and require immediate medical attention. Brain injuries are typically organized into two distinct categories: closed head injuries and open head injuries.

Closed Head Injuries

This type of traumatic brain injury is usually the result of excessive force or impact to the victim’s head. When the head suffers an impact, the brain can jostle inside of the skull.

If the victim’s brain collides with the inside of the skull bone, it can result in damage to the soft tissue of the brain. 

Closed head injuries can also result from accidents that do not involve a forceful impact.

For instance, oxygen deprivation and exposure to certain toxins can cause damage to a person’s brain. 

Open Head Injuries

The soft tissue of the brain is housed inside the skull bone. The brain is also protected by cerebrospinal fluid that provides cushioning. 

The skull and cerebrospinal fluid provide natural protection from potential trauma. 

Open head injuries occur when the skull bone is fractured or pierced. In most cases, open head injuries are the result of a foreign object colliding with the victim’s head. 

For instance, a bullet or knife wound to the head can cause an open head injury. Car accidents also have the potential to result in fractured or pierced skull bones. 

No matter what type of traumatic brain injury you have suffered, you deserve justice. If another party’s negligence resulted in harm to you, contact the experienced brain injury lawyers at Lipsitz, Ponterio & Comerford, LLC. 

Our dedicated attorneys will fight tirelessly to recover financial compensation in your personal injury case.

Common Damages in Brain Injury Cases

The legal term for the financial compensation paid to accident and injury victims is “damages.” If someone else caused you to sustain a traumatic brain injury, you can seek various types of damages.

In personal injury cases, there are two primary categories of damages. They are “economic” and “non-economic” damages.

Medical Bills

Even minor brain injuries can result in significant medical bills and expenses. Victims may claim financial recovery for the treatments and medications needed to treat their brain injury.

Common medical expenses following a brain injury include:

  • Hospital stays
  • Doctor’s visits
  • Rehabilitation
  • Occupational therapy
  • Nursing case
  • And more

You should not bear the medical costs of a brain injury that you did not cause.

Lost Wages

Brain injury victims are often unable to work because of their associated symptoms. Missing substantial time at work can result in missed paychecks and lost income.

Personal injury victims can pursue damages for this financial loss. Skilled brain injury lawyers can pursue compensation for victims’ diminished earning capacity in the future.

But monetary costs are not the only negative outcome of accidents resulting in brain injuries. Victims typically face significant emotional and personal difficulties. 

These types of negative outcomes can justify claims of non-economic damages. Non-economic damages are losses that do not entail a specific dollar amount.

Some examples include:

Pain and Suffering

Brain injury victims can seek compensation for the resulting physical and mental distress that they sustain. This can include impairments to cognitive function, memory loss, and physical discomfort.

Common physical symptoms of brain injuries include:

  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Light and sound sensitivity
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Shifts in mood
  • Loss of feeling in the extremities
  • Loss of consciousness

If you have experienced any of these symptoms, you may be able to recover non-economic damages as compensation.

Loss of Enjoyment of Life

In a successful brain injury claim, the victim may be owed financial recovery for their inability to enjoy previous hobbies and activities.

The symptoms of brain injuries can drastically alter a person’s way of life. Victims who suffer these losses deserve compensation.

Do not settle for less than you are owed. If you have sustained a brain injury, reach out to Lipsitz, Ponterio & Comerford, LLC.

Accidents that May Result in Brain Injuries

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Brain injuries can happen in a wide range of contexts. Many different accidents can result in damage to a victim’s brain. 

In New York state, traumatic brain injuries result in more than 19,000 hospitalizations every year. Around 400 brain injuries happen in the state each day.

Some of the most common incidents that result in traumatic brain injuries include:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Car and truck crashes
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Assaults
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Defective products
  • Premises liability accidents
  • Construction site mishaps
  • And more

Any accident that results in trauma to the victim’s head can cause damage to the brain. If you are experiencing any of the common symptoms of brain injury following an accident, seek medical care immediately.

No matter what type of incident led to your traumatic brain injury, it is vital to consult skilled brain injury lawyers. A knowledgeable legal professional can help you to secure the financial compensation that you deserve.

Contact Lipsitz, Ponterio & Comerford, LLC

If you were involved in an accident that another party caused, please call the accomplished brain injury lawyers at Lipsitz, Ponterio & Comerford, LLC. We will fight to secure maximum compensation in your case.

You do not have to handle the negative financial consequences of your brain injury alone. Our team will build a powerful legal case to secure the financial recovery that you are rightfully owed. 

New York State imposes strict limitations of time upon which a personal injury claim for a TBI may be filed. This time period is within three years from the date of the injury. This is why it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible following the accident. 

If you or a loved one has sustained a brain injury, please contact us for a free and confidential evaluation.

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