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Queens Brain Injury LawyerDid you or a family member sustain a brain injury in Queens, NY? Call (212) 564-2800 or contact an experienced Queens brain injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers for assistance today. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Our lawyers understand the impact that a brain injury can have on your life–both now and for years to come. We have over 25 years of experience fighting for clients like you and are well prepared to help you recover the maximum compensation you deserve.

We offer a free case evaluation to all potential clients. Reach out to our law firm in Queens, New York, today to schedule yours.

How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC Can Help With a Brain Injury Claim in Queens

How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC Can Help With a Brain Injury Claim in QueensFar too often, brain injuries are caused by preventable accidents. If someone else’s careless or reckless acts caused your injury, you deserve to be compensated. The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers can help.

Our Queens personal injury lawyers have recovered tens of millions of dollars in compensation for our clients over the years–and counting. Insurance companies know that we won’t tolerate lowball settlement offers–and they don’t want to see us in the courtroom.

When you hire our legal team, you can expect us to:

  • Provide sound legal advice and support
  • Coordinate an investigation to determine causation and locate responsible parties
  • Identify all forms of insurance coverage
  • Work with top-rated experts and specialists
  • Accurately calculate the value of your personal injury case
  • Negotiate with the insurance company to maximize your settlement offer

We’ve earned a spot on the National Trial Lawyers’ “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” and been recognized with an AV-preeminent rating from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell rating service. We’re ready to put our skills to work for you.

You deserve an opportunity to recover. Our Queens personal injury attorneys can handle the legal aspects of your claim. Just give us a quick call to schedule a free initial consultation today.

Overview of Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury caused by some type of blow to the head. TBIs are often sustained in motor vehicle accidents and falls. They can also be the result of penetrating trauma, such as a gunshot wound.

Brain injuries are also classified based on whether the skull is penetrated. Closed head brain injuries don’t penetrate the skull. Instead, the brain is damaged because of movement within the skull. With open head injuries, the brain is damaged when a foreign object penetrates the skull to damage the tissue beneath.

Open head brain injuries are almost always severe. Closed head injuries can be mild, moderate, or even catastrophic–depending on the extent of the damage.

Types of Brain Injury

The brain can be damaged in many different ways. Some brain injuries are caused by traumatic force. Others are acquired. Acquired brain injuries are caused by internal factors, including strokes, lack of oxygen, or drowning.

Brain injuries can be further classified according to type, based on the nature of the damage. 

At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers, we handle all types of brain injury claims in NYC, including those involving:

  • Concussions (whether mild, moderate or severe)
  • Diffuse axonal injuries (DAI), or damage and swelling within the brain cells
  • Hematomas, or a collection of blood outside the blood vessels in the brain
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhages, or uncontrolled bleeding around the brain
  • Intracranial hemorrhages, or uncontrolled bleeding within the brain tissue
  • Edema, or swelling in the brain or surrounding tissue
  • Skull fractures
  • Brain contusions, or bruising within the brain

Some brain injuries are localized to one specific area. These are called focal brain injuries. Diffuse brain injuries, on the other hand, cause damage to multiple areas of the brain.

Any type of brain injury can be severe. If you’ve suffered a brain injury and suspect someone else was at-fault, our lawyers in Queens can help. Contact us to schedule a free case review today. 

How Common Are Brain Injuries?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 5.3 million Americans are living with long-term disabilities that were caused by brain injuries.

In 2019 alone, about 61,000 people died because of brain injuries across the U.S. Each year, it’s estimated that between 80,000 and 90,000 TBI victims sustain brain damage that causes a long-term disability. 

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Brain Injuries?

The brain is a complicated organ. It’s responsible for most bodily functions. Because of that, the signs and symptoms of a brain injury can vary widely.

According to the CDC, some of the most common signs and symptoms of brain injuries include:

  • Loss of consciousness, even for a moment
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Confusion or agitation
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Extreme fatigue 
  • Lack of energy or feeling groggy
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Unexplained personality changes
  • Memory loss
  • Seizures 
  • Persistent headache that doesn’t go away
  • Loss of sensation in the limbs, hands, or feet

Not all symptoms will appear immediately after an accident. In some cases, it can take days for symptoms to appear. It’s always important to seek medical care as quickly as possible if you notice any of these signs or suspect you’ve suffered brain damage.

What are the Long-Term Consequences of Brain Injuries?

It’s possible for a mild brain injury to heal on its own with no long-term damage. Not all brain injury victims are so lucky. Some brain injuries cause serious long-term consequences–and others can cause permanent damage.

Some of the most common long-term consequences of brain injuries include:

  • Behavioral changes
  • Personality changes
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Loss of motor function
  • Blindness and vision loss
  • Speech impairments
  • Developmental disabilities in children
  • Locked-in syndrome
  • Post-concussion syndrome (PCS)
  • Seizure disorders
  • Stroke
  • Coma 
  • Wrongful death

The damage often depends on the area of the brain impacted by the injury. It’s also possible for some brain injuries to heal slowly over time. Some studies have identified improvements in brain injury victims a decade after the initial injury.

Unfortunately, we can’t always predict the future. If you were injured and someone else was responsible, our lawyers are here to help you fight for the fair compensation you deserve. Call for a free case evaluation when you’re ready to learn more.

What Causes Most Brain Injuries?

Any serious accident can cause a brain injury. Some of the most common causes of brain injuries in New York City include:

Our lawyers are ready to protect your legal rights regardless of the circumstances. Just give us a call today for a free initial consultation.

What is My Queens Brain Injury Case Worth?

Typically, the severity of your brain injury is the most influential factor in determining the value of your personal injury case. Treating a severe brain injury will be much more expensive than treating a mild TBI.

However, many different factors can play a role–and it’s important to analyze all the ways the TBI has changed your life.

Relevant factors tend to include:

  • The cost, duration, and nature of your medical treatment
  • Your prognosis–and whether you’re expected to suffer any permanent impairments
  • Whether you’ll require long-term care or help with daily activities
  • How the injury impacts your work, education, and quality of life
  • How the accident and injury have impacted your emotional wellbeing
  • Any challenges your family has experienced

Predicting your future needs can be complicated. Often, our accident lawyers will work with experts in medicine, life planning, vocational rehabilitation, and other specialties during the valuation process. That way, we can be sure that we’re accurately accounting for all future expenses.

What Compensation Can I Recover for My Brain Injuries in Queens, New York?

Personal injury laws classify damages according to whether they compensate for financial losses or personal losses.

Your economic damages may include:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished future earning capacity
  • Physical therapy
  • Specialized therapies, including speech therapy and occupational therapy
  • Long-term care
  • Medications and medical devices

Your non-economic damages may include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Loss of your independence
  • Loss of consortium

Our Queens brain injury attorneys could also help you recover damages for wrongful death if the injury was fatal.

How Long Do I Have to File a Brain Injury Lawsuit in New York?

In New York, the statute of limitations gives most accident victims three years to file a personal injury lawsuit. Once three years have passed, you lose your right to sue for damages.

Contact a Queens Brain Injury Lawyer for a Free Consultation

A serious brain injury can change your life dramatically. If someone else caused your injury, call a Queens brain injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers today. We’re ready to fight for the money you need and deserve.