Kenneth Goldblatt | October 20, 2018 | Personal Injury
A lawyer experienced in traumatic brain injury litigation in Nassau County
A traumatic brain injury causes life-long difficulties and needs for the patient and their families. The needs of a TBI victim can be expensive and intensive. An experienced traumatic brain injury lawyer like those of Goldblatt & Associates knows the intricate legal, insurance, and medical landscapes their clients face in life after a traumatic brain injury.
After reviewing the specifics of each case and deciding to litigate a claim, a responsible brain injury lawyer may advance funds to independent experts to analyze the merits of their case. These fees can include:
- independent medical experts
- damage experts
- court expenses
- witness interviews
A traumatic brain injury can be obvious, but often the signs are subtle or do not emerge until much later after the injury. Because of the intricacies and expense of brain injury cases, it is important that you have a brain injury lawyer who understands brain injury litigation.
Types of Damages
- Loss of Earnings. A traumatic brain injury can impair cognitive and motor abilities permanently. A diminished capacity can mean a diminished earning ability and loss of future income.
- Continuing-Care Costs. Physical therapy, medication, in-home care, and special transportation needs are all costs that may impact the families and the lives of a traumatic brain injury victim.
- Pain and Suffering. The loss of a capacity to engage in activities and endeavors that otherwise could be enjoyed before a TBI may be factored in to a legal judgment.
Who is affected?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports, “Each year, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. A TBI is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. The severity of a TBI may range from ‘mild’ to ‘severe’.” An estimated 1.7 million people sustain a TBI annually.1
- 52,000 deaths
- 275,000 hospitalizations
- 1.365 million (almost 80%) emergency room visits
- TBI is a contributing factor to a third (30.5%) of all injury-related deaths in the United States.1
- About 75% of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).2
- Direct medical costs and indirect costs of TBI, such as lost productivity, totaled an estimated $60 billion in the United States in 2000.3
- Faul M, Xu L, Wald MM, Coronado VG. Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: Emergency Department Visits, Hospitalizations and Deaths 2002–2006. Atlanta (GA): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control; 2010.
- Report to Congress on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: Steps to Prevent a Serious Public Health Problem. Atlanta (GA): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control; 2003.
- 3 Finkelstein E, Corso P, Miller T and Associates. The Incidence and Economic Burden of Injuries in the United States. New York (NY): Oxford University Press; 2006.