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Watertown Brain Injury Lawyers

Each year, millions of people across America end up in emergency rooms after sustaining a head or brain injury in an accident.  While many brain injuries are mild, others can lead to lifelong disabilities that rob victims of the quality of life they enjoyed before they were hurt.

If you or a relative in Watertown, NY, is living with a brain injury and you think someone else is to blame, the knowledgeable attorneys at The Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, can help. The expenses you may encounter as a result of your brain injury can be astronomical, and our legal team can help you secure compensation so that you can rebuild your life. Our lawyers have access to the top medical experts, economists and vocational counselors who can attest to the seriousness of your brain injury and explain how it will change your life, both in the present and future.

Contact our attorneys serving Watertown, NY or use our online contact form for a free case review.

New York Brain Injuries

Approximately 2 million brain injuries are reported each year in the United States. About 52,000 of those cases are fatal – and more than 2,000 of the deaths occur in New York State. Roughly 20-30% of survivors live with permanent disabilities as a result of their head injuries.

Broadly defined, a head injury is any type of trauma to the head that damages the skull, brain or scalp. That could range from a sudden jolt to the head that leaves limited visible damage to violent puncture wounds that penetrate the cranium. Both types of injuries can be debilitating, depending on what area of the brain is affected and the severity of the trauma.

There are several different types of brain injuries:

  • Concussions: The mildest form of brain injury, a concussion results from a blow or fall that causes changes in the way the brain normally works. Concussions are usually not life-threatening but can still cause disorientation and cognitive impairments that are usually temporary.
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI): Rapid acceleration or deceleration of the brain often leads to traumatic brain injuries. TBIs may include shearing (tearing of nerve fibers), contusions (bruising of the brain tissue against the skull), life-threatening swelling, and damage to the brain stem. TBIs are often accompanied by serious neck and spinal cord injuries.
  • Anoxic brain injuries: When the brain is deprived of oxygen, victims suffer what is called anoxic brain injuries. Brain cells begin to die after about five minutes without oxygen, which can cause significant impairments, depending on what part of the brain is damaged.

Causes of Brain Injuries in New York

Sadly, many traumatic brain injuries in New York are preventable and are a result of negligence. Accidents – particularly car crashes – are a leading cause of brain injuries nationwide. Serious head injuries can result from falls, sports accidents, being struck by a falling object, bullet wounds, work accidents (for example, punctures from a nail gun on a construction site or a fall from a building, and any other circumstance in which it is possible for the head to sustain a serious blow.

If an irresponsible NY driver, employer, shopkeeper, homeowner or any other party breaks the law or fails to perform reasonable measures to prevent someone from suffering a head injury, they may be held liable for their negligence. A successful lawsuit can provide important compensation to brain-injured victims and their families, who may spend millions of dollars of the course of a survivor’s lifetime for long-term care, rehabilitation, adaptive medical equipment and other medical costs.

Compensation may also be awarded to the victim’s family if they had to alter their lifestyle to care for their loved one. This money can be crucial, particularly because no neurological injury is the same. A brain-injured survivor may have suffered the same injury as someone else, but the severity of the impairment could be very different.

Living with a Brain Injury

Brain injuries can cause problems with thinking, speech, communication, short- and long-term memory, problem solving, and other cognitive deficits. Head injuries can permanently damage a victim’s motor skills and voluntary and involuntary actions, such as the ability to control body temperature, bladder, metabolism and sexual functions. Coma and seizures are common.

Personality changes can also happen following a brain injury, leading to mood swings and even violent behavior in even a formerly mild-mannered person. These conditions can be devastating for both victims and families, both of whom suffer great emotional losses. Psychological treatment may be necessary.

We Will Fight For You

The Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, is committed to helping people who are living with the effects of a preventable brain injury in New York. For cases arising in the Watertown area we will spare nothing to build a strong case and advise you on whether it is more prudent to accept a settlement offer or proceed to trial.

Our goal is to establish ourselves as the firm you turn to for your legal needs. Let’s talk today. Just call or use our online contact form for a no-cost consultation. We also serve clients in Syracuse, Elmira, Rochester and Binghamton.

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