Recovering and getting back to normal are the primary goals for most people who were victims of accidents of any kind. Recovering damages is also typically the reason for civil lawsuits filed in New York by victims of the negligence of others. After all, paying for the best medical care and getting back to work is usually what people need to get their lives back on track. Unfortunately, a traumatic brain injury might prevent a victim from ever living life as he or she did before the accident.
The impact on a person’s life depends on which part of the brain was damaged. Many TBI victims can still walk, move about and even drive their cars, but these activities often hide other not-so-obvious injuries. Cognitive damage affects the person’s basic thinking skills like concentration, attention and short-term memory. This typically creates problems in remembering recent events and new information.
TBI also leaves many victims with emotional and behavioral challenges, which could include aggression, irritability, mood swings, emotional outbursts and lack of motivation. Many of these flow from acute frustration with the inability to live life as before. In most cases, the family of a TBI victim must also cope with changed circumstances and ongoing stress.
Anyone in New York who suffered a brain injury that caused long-term damage might have questions about their legal rights. An experienced personal injury attorney can answer questions and explain the options for legal recourse. A successfully navigated civil lawsuit can lead to a monetary judgment that covers documented past and future monetary damages.