Victims of accidents in New York and elsewhere might suffer life-changing injuries. People who are left with TBIs may turn to the civil justice system in pursuit of damage recovery. However, the emotional, physical and financial losses might never be overcome. Furthermore, the impact of a traumatic brain injury could also be severe for the family of the victim.
Regardless of whether a car accident or slip-and-fall incident caused the injury, if it followed the negligence of another party, a personal injury claim can be filed. The financial impact will begin with the medical treatment immediately after the accident. When treatment includes surgery, extended hospitalization and subsequent rehabilitation, the costs could be astronomical.
Depending on the severity of the brain injury, in-patient rehabilitation might be required, which will include physical rehabilitation along with medical stabilization. In some cases, behavioral and cognitive abilities must be redeveloped while the patient and the immediate family will have to learn how to cope and adapt to the changed situation. An extended period of wage losses might follow, and the TBI victim might never be able to return to his or her prior profession.
The legal proceedings in pursuit of financial and emotional damages are complicated, and most brain injury victims in New York utilize the skills of an experienced personal injury attorney. A lawyer can assist with documenting the costs of both current and future medication, treatment and testing. Legal counsel can also make sure that a civil lawsuit is filed before the statute of limitations of the state expires.