Staten Island Brain Injury Lawyer
Brain injuries can occur for many reasons, such as medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, and slip-and-fall accidents. If your injury was someone else’s fault, that individual may owe you compensation for damages like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
A brain injury lawyer in Staten Island from Shulman & Hill can protect your rights by pursuing damages on your behalf. Our legal team can handle the work of your claim or lawsuit while you focus on rest and recovery. Call (555) 555-5555 to receive your free case review.
Determining the Worth of Your Brain Injury Case
You could potentially recover compensation for any number of losses related to your injury. An attorney from Shulman & Hill can help you determine the damages affecting you, which could include:
- Pain and suffering: Brain injuries can inflict a great deal of physical pain. They can also cause psychological distress as you try to adjust to life post-injury.
- Loss of consortium: This refers to how your relationship with your spouse has languished since the injury.
- Medical expenses: Brain injuries can be very expensive to treat, especially if they are severe or permanent. You could seek reimbursement for surgery, medication, homecare, physical therapy, and assistive devices.
- Past or future loss of income: Depending on your job and the severity of your injury, you might never be able to work again, or you may have to greatly reduce working hours.
- Property damage: This is most commonly used in car accident cases when the injured party’s motor vehicle sustains damage.
Getting Workers’ Compensation for Brain Injuries
If you incurred your brain injury while on the job—for example, if you are a construction worker who fell from a ladder or a delivery truck driver who was involved in an accident—you may have additional options for recovering compensation.
Many employers are required by law to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This coverage pays out when an employee can show that:
- The injury only occurred because they were doing their job.
- They were not doing anything illegal or reckless at the time of the accident (e.g., drinking on the job).
- The injury will require medical intervention and/or prevent the worker from doing their job for a certain length of time.
Getting Legal Help with Brain Injury Cases
If you live or were injured in Staten Island, a brain injury lawyer from Shulman & Hill would like to represent you. We have recovered $250 million for our clients in cases that ranged from straightforward to very complicated.
Our team can do all of the following and more, depending on your situation:
Investigate the Injury
Whether your injury occurred in a car accident or on the operating table, we need to find out everything we can about how it happened and what the consequences were. This will tell us:
- If you have a valid reason for filing a personal injury lawsuit
- Who is responsible for your brain injury
- How many liable parties may owe you money
- The severity of your injuries and, therefore, how much compensation you may be entitled to recover
Available evidence may include medical records, police reports, eyewitness testimony, or photos and video. The sooner you allow us to start on your case, the easier it might be to find such evidence, as the incident may still be fresh in people’s minds and important documentation may still be on file (rather than destroyed).
Pursue Fair Compensation
As mentioned earlier, there are several ways we can seek compensation for your brain injury, including:
- Filing a workers’ compensation claim and, if necessary, meeting with your employer or their insurer to make sure you get what you need
- Seeking a pretrial settlement from the liable party’s insurance company
- Taking the liable party to trial and seeking a jury award for your damages
If you were injured at work, you could pursue compensation from both workers’ compensation insurance and a personal injury suit. Whether you can get a settlement or need to go for a court award depends on many factors unique to your case.
Shulman & Hill can determine what avenues are available in your case and guide you through the process of seeking compensation.
Complete Administrative Tasks
A lawsuit is not just one action. It is a myriad of small actions that you must complete to keep your case on track, meet court requirements, and pursue the money your injury entitles you to recover.
A single mistake—even a minor, accidental one—could derail your entire lawsuit. We don’t want you to worry about:
- Filling out the proper forms with the appropriate information and within applicable deadlines
- Responding to texts, emails, calls, and faxes from all involved parties
- Speaking to the insurance company alone, as they may try to make you say something that implies you are responsible for the accident, thus lowering the amount they themselves have to pay
Can You Prevent a Brain Injury?
The accidents that cause brain injuries are often difficult to predict and avoid. However, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and, if not prevent an injury, at least keep the injury as mild and treatable as possible. For instance:
- If you are not comfortable with your doctor for any reason, find another provider. This is especially important if you are pregnant, as any malpractice on the doctor’s part could impact both you and your unborn child.
- Always buckle up, even if you are going for a short drive. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that wearing a seatbelt is the single best thing you can do to protect yourself in a car accident.
- Follow all safety precautions at work, like wearing a helmet and safety harness if you work in construction. If you feel your workplace is unsafe, you can report your employer to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
- If you find out a product you are using (e.g., a car part) has been recalled, stop using that product as soon as possible. You can typically also check if your product is part of a recall by going to the manufacturer’s website.
Even these precautions may not be enough to protect someone from a brain injury. That is why we are here: to represent those who have been seriously injured through another party’s thoughtless actions.
What To Do After a Brain Injury
If you are in an accident, you may not be able to tell right away if you have suffered a brain injury or how serious the injury is. This is why it’s critical to seek prompt medical attention after any accident, even if you do not remember hitting your head. This could mean making:
- An emergency trip to the hospital
- An appointment with your regular doctor
- A trip to the medical provider retained by your employer
Obviously, your injury, accident, and situation will dictate which is most appropriate.
At the medical facility, be sure to talk honestly with your doctor about what happened and what symptoms you are experiencing. This is the only way you can receive proper—and potentially lifesaving—treatment after a head injury. You should then:
- Follow all instructions your doctor gives you regarding rest and treatment
- Go to all follow-up appointments with your doctor
- Let your doctor know if treatment is not working or making things worse, or if you experience new symptoms
According to the Mayo Clinic, even “mild” brain injuries can cause serious damage and can get worse if left untreated. We urge you to take good care of yourself after an accident and to seek all appropriate medical care. Only after you are out of immediate danger should you consider your options for seeking damages.
Speak with a Brain Injury Lawyer in Staten Island Today
To learn more about what a brain injury lawyer from Shulman & Hill can do for you, call (555) 555-5555 today. Our team is proud to serve the people of Staten Island. We provide free case evaluations and never charge attorney’s fees for our work unless or until you recover compensation.
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