Traumatic Brain Injury – Lawyers in New York On Brain Injury Trauma
Brain injury is term that includes a number of specific situations that result in damage to the brain, including traumatic brain injury (closed head injury or open head injury, or brain injury trauma), anoxic brain injury, or hypoxic brain injury. Levy Konigsberg LLP the highly regarded TBI (traumatic brain injury) lawyers in New York, can help patients understand both the medical and legal issues involved in all types of brain injury cases.
TBI (traumatic brain injury) occurs when an outside force impacts the head hard enough to cause the brain to move within the skull, but not break or move the skull (a “closed head injury”), or if the force causes the skull to break, or move out of place, and thereby directly hurt the brain (an “open head injury”). With both of the above types of brain injury, trauma is the direct cause of the brain damage.
Traumatic brain injury lawyers in New York have worked and won cases where TBI occurred in car accidents, falls, construction site mishaps or other traumatic accidents. TBI may produce a diminished or altered state of consciousness, which results in an impairment of cognitive abilities or physical functioning. Traumatic brain injuries can also result in the disturbance of behavioral or emotional functioning. These impairments may be either temporary or permanent and cause partial or total functional disability or psychosocial maladjustment. Symptoms of traumatic brain injury include:
- Spinal fluid (thin water-looking liquid) coming out of the ears or nose;
- Vision problems (blindness, blurred vision or seeing double, inability to tolerate bright lights, reduced ability to control eye muscles);
- Difficulty “thinking straight”, poor memory problems, poor judgment, poor attention span, a slowed thought processing speed (can sometimes be attributed to traumatic brain injuries);
- Paralysis, difficulty moving body parts, weakness, poor coordination;
- Difficulty speaking, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing;
- Coma or semi comatose state due to brain injury trauma;
- Loss of consciousness, even though brief;
- Loss of bowel or bladder control;
- Loss of balance or dizziness;
- Body numbness or tingling;
- Sluggish or sleepy.
Anoxic and Hypoxic Brain Injury
When speaking of brain injuries, trauma in the physical sense is not always the cause. New York traumatic brain injury lawyers Levy Konigsberg LLP also deal with cases of Anoxic and Hypoxic brain damage and not just brain injury due to trauma. Brain cells require oxygen to survive and perform their functions. Anoxic brain injury occurs when the oxygen supply to the brain, or part of the brain, is completely stopped. Hypoxic brain injury results when the brain receives some, but not enough oxygen.
Anoxic or hypoxic brain injury is often seen in the context of medical negligence, such as obstetrical malpractice resulting in birth trauma or damage to the baby’s brain during the pregnancy (can be considered as traumatic brain injury depending on the direct cause), anesthesia malpractice, improperly treated stroke or heart attack that cause reduced blood flow to the brain, or medication errors. Levy Konigsberg LLP traumatic brain injury lawyers in the New York/New Jersey areas have seen all types of causes of anoxic or hypoxic brain injury including airway obstruction, crush injuries to the chest, or electrical shock. In all of the above examples of the causes of brain injury, trauma in the physical sense may not necessarily be a direct cause. Anoxic or hypoxic brain damage can manifest with many different symptoms, including seizures, coma, disorientation, numbness or tingling of the limbs, paralysis of part of the body, speech problems, loss of cognitive ability, as well as various neurological symptoms, such as spasticity, blindness, or developmental delays. All of these symptoms can also be cause by traumatic brain injuries.
Other Causes of Brain Damage
There are many other ways to sustain a brain injury, trauma related or otherwise. These include infections such as meningitis, metabolic disturbances, or toxic exposure, such as carbon monoxide poisoning or lead poisoning. As mentioned previously, Levy Konigsberg LLP who work as traumatic brain injury lawyers in the New York/New Jersey area, have worked countless cases with seemingly inconspicuous causes of brain damage. Certain autoimmune conditions, cancers or hormonal imbalances can also cause damage to the delicate cells, nerves, tissues and structures of the brain. These conditions must be timely diagnosed and treated in order to reduce the risk of brain damage or further brain injury. Trauma related brain damages can be caused by a plethora of accidents or injuries, some seemingly insignificant at the time. If you sustain any kind of trauma to the brain or the body you should immediately consult a physician.
Brain injury trauma of any kind involves damage to a complex system of anatomical structures, nerves, hormones and muscles. Traumatic brain injuries usually require extensive medical treatment and often affect a patient for the rest of their lives. This is why it is so important to consult with the lawyers at Levy Konigsberg LLP who are experience traumatic brain injury lawyers in the New York area who are committed to achieving the maximum compensation for victims with these devastating injuries.