The brain is the control center of the body, which is why it is one of, if not the most important organs. Any injury to it can have serious repercussions to a person, affecting his abilities and, ultimately, his life.
One of the common categories of brain injury is TBI (traumatic brain injury), also known as intracranial injury. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates on their website that TBI is classified as a major cause of disability and death (about 30 percent of all injury deaths) in the United States. On a daily basis, 138 Americans die from injuries that include TBI. People who survive can suffer from effects that can last a few days or disabilities that they’ll carry for life.
Causes of TBI
In general, TBI results from a sudden and violent jolt or blow to the head. The brain collides with the skull’s interior that may cause brain bruising, bleeding, or tearing of nerve fibers. TBI may also result from objects that penetrate the brain tissue (e.g. a bullet, or pieces of smashed skull).
In many cases, the above circumstances are caused by external forces, including assault or neglect by a person. It’s also common to hear TBI resulting from vehicular accidents. When you or a loved one gets TBI and another person is liable, you can file a claim for damages with the guidance of an experienced Long Island personal injury lawyer.
There will be a lot of expenses and damages with TBI and you don’t want to spend time and effort filing a claim only to receive inadequate compensation. That’s why it’s important to choose a lawyer carefully. There are many Long Island personal injury lawyers offering assistance. How do you choose?
Experience is an obvious enough criteria, but you shouldn’t only ask how long a lawyer has been practicing. You should also take into account how many personal injury cases he has handled in the past and what the results of those cases were. Reliable ones won’t be afraid to show you their track record.
There are also firms like The Law Offices of Joseph Lichtenstein that offer a “no win, no pay” arrangement. The advantage in this is that you’ll be quite assured that they’d be motivated to do what it takes to get the best outcome for your case.
(Source: Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: Fact Sheet, CDC, undated)