Brain Injury & Causes

Brain Injury Attorneys in New York City

Traumatic brain injury is far more common than people realize. Some kinds of brain injuries go unnoticed for weeks or even months after an accident. And the costs of caring for someone with a serious brain injury are astronomically high.

If there is any chance that you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury after an accident, do not take a quick insurance settlement. Contact an attorney experienced in brain injury cases and have your case looked at carefully.

Common Causes of Brain Injury in New York Accidents

Brain injuries can be caused in many ways. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these are the most common causes of brain injuries:

  • Falls (41 percent of all brain injuries) are the most common cause of brain injury. The elderly are most at risk, but falls can also happen in the workplace, such as on construction sites.
  • Being struck by or against an object (16 percent). Again, these injuries can happen in the workplace due to employer negligence.
  • Motor vehicle crashes (14 percent). Common auto accidents involve motor vehicles, motorcycles, bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • Assaults (11 percent). Tragically, being physically attacked is a leading cause of brain injury.
  • Others (19 percent). Another major cause of brain injury is hypoxia (lack of oxygen). Hypoxia during the birthing process can cause conditions such as cerebral palsy in babies.

In 2010, about 2.2 million people were diagnosed with traumatic brain injury after an emergency room visit. Traumatic brain injury contributed to the deaths of 50,000 people.

Signs of Brain Injury

Some brain injuries are obvious, but many are not. It can sometimes take days or weeks, or even longer, for the full extent of a brain injury to be clear.

You should be on the lookout for signs of brain injury whenever a person has been hit on the head. After an accident, a person can also suffer brain injury due to sudden acceleration or deceleration. These can cause movement of the brain inside the skull, leading to serious brain injury.

The CDC provides a list of potential symptoms of a brain injury:

  • Difficulty thinking clearly, concentrating or remembering information
  • Feeling “slow” or tired and having no energy
  • Headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, nausea
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Problems with balance
  • Being irritable or sad, or more emotional
  • Being more nervous or anxious
  • Sleeping much more than usual, or having trouble sleeping

If you or someone you love has been in an accident and is showing any of these symptoms, get medical treatment immediately.

Costs Involved in a Brain Injury

A brain injury can result in terribly high costs for victims and their families:

  • Days, weeks or even months of hospital care
  • Extensive rehabilitation to help victims regain basic abilities like speaking or movement
  • Lifetime nursing care and doctor’s visits
  • Care by family members
  • Inability for victims to provide financially for their families

Because of the high costs of caring for someone with a brain injury, it is critical that you get all the compensation you’re entitled to after an accident.

Free Consultation with Skilled Brain Injury Attorneys at NYC Law Firm of Proner & Proner

If you or a loved one may have suffered a brain injury in an accident, contact us today for a free consultation. We are very experienced in handling brain injury cases, and we are waiting to help you. Read more brain injury FAQ’s.


Last year we recovered over $15 million for our clients. With that money, our clients are able to pay their medical bills. They are getting their lives back on track after serious injuries and they are holding to account the people who wrongfully injured them.


$1,100,000.00 - Female, 35: Motorcyclist hit by oncoming traffic

Our client was riding on the back of a motorcycle going south when the defendant heading north made a left hand turn in front of the client, causing the accident.
Injuries: Fractured left leg which required surgery

We understand motorcyclists because we ride


$5,100,000.00 - Female, 43: Cyclist hit by truck

Our client was riding her bicycle when a truck was turning and came up onto the sidewalk. Our client went to back up and the truck struck her.
Injuries: Catastrophic injuries to entire right side of body below the waist resulting in amputation of the right leg and hind quarter; bladder rupture; multiple rib and spinal fractures.

$3,500,000.00 - Female, 33: Serious personal injury

Our client fell down the stairs and was knocked unconscious at a New York City
subway station.
Injuries: Fractured skull, subsequent seizure disorder.

$4,300,000.00 - Male, 63: Pedestrian hit by bus

Our client was crossing a street when a bus hit a car and the car spun and hit him.
Injuries: Traumatic brain injury; fractured shoulder.

$750,000.00 - Male, 35: Workers' compensation

Our client was changing a pump strainer on a hot air furnace when he stepped on a board and fell through the ceiling.
Injuries: Herniated disc which required surgery.


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