Brain Injuries

Upstate New York Attorneys Serving Victims of Brain Injuries in Rochester and Syracuse

A brain injury is devastating for the entire family. Suddenly the person we knew and loved is not the same as he or she was before.

At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our lawyers have extensive experience representing families of those who have suffered brain injury due to the negligence of other parties. We offer free consultations to discuss your case and your options. Our lawyers have received multiple awards and recognition, including membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Super Lawyers and Top 1 Percent Trial Counsel, among others.

Causes of Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury can occur when any outside force impacts the head with enough force to cause the brain to move within the skull or when the force fractures the skull and causes direct trauma to the brain. Any rapid acceleration or deceleration of the head can cause the brain to move back and forth, producing bruising, swelling, axonal shearing and closed head injury. The stress from rapid movement of the head can pull apart nerve fibers in the brain and actually cause physical damage to brain tissue.

We have represented many clients who have suffered brain injuries as a result of interruption of blood flow to the brain or compromised oxygenation of blood flowing to the brain, whether from undiagnosed strokes, aneurysms or birth injuries.

Some of the most common causes of brain injury are:

  • Automobile, truck and motorcycle accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Medical malpractice, including failure to recognize fetal distress or failure to diagnose heart attack, stroke or other conditions
  • Untreated or improperly treated medical conditions such as hydrocephalus, increased intracranial pressure, brain stem herniation, meningitis and seizure disorders
  • Falls such as down stairs, from ladders or while walking
  • Accidents involving choking or airway obstruction
  • Near drowning
  • Accidents involving defective safety or personal protection products

The brain is complex. The effects of brain damage can vary widely depending on the area of the brain and the extent of injury.

Brain Injury in Newborns

In the field of obstetrical negligence, brain injuries can occur due to mismanaged labor and delivery that resulted in harm to the newborn. These cases include those when cesarean sections were not performed early enough and babies suffered anoxic or hypoxic brain damage. Brain injury resulting in cerebral palsy can occur when an attending physician, nurse or midwife fails to monitor changes in fetal heart rates. Lastly, brain injuries due to obstetrical negligence can occur when a small and manageable problem is allowed to escalate to significant cerebral swelling with brain stem compression and secondary injury. Additional information can be found on our Birth Injuries page.

Unlike traumatic brain injuries, acquired brain injuries may result from a change in neuronal activity, metabolic activity or functional ability. However, they are similar to traumatic injuries in their effects. Acquired brain injuries range in severity and may impair memory, language communication, concentration, abstract thinking, reasoning, psychosocial behavior, information processing and physical functioning.

Serving Brain Injury Victims in Syracuse, Upstate New York and Surrounding Areas

If you believe you have a case, you can rest assured that our lawyers have the experience and expertise you deserve.

To speak with an attorney about your case, contact our Syracuse-based personal injury attorneys at 315-479-9000 or contact us online.

Client Reviews
"We were very impressed with how Jeff DeFrancisco represented us at trial and we were extremely happy when the jury found in our favor." D.M., Auburn, NY
"I cannot express in words what an awesome job Charlie Falgiatano and Jean Marie Westlake did in representing my family in my mother's case at trial. There can never be enough thank-yous." D.L., Cortland, NY
"I suffered a serious injury as a result of medical malpractice. My husband and I retained Jeff DeFrancisco to assist us in this case. We were extremely happy with his representation and highly recommend him." Kelley R., Syracuse, NY
Since the insurance company was unwilling to settle the matter my case ultimately went to trial. At trial Jeff DeFrancisco did an absolutely amazing job by obtaining a very favorable result for me." T.H., Oneida, NY
"I highly recommend DeFrancisco & Falgiatano - Charlie represented me for a medical malpractice case. He is the best of the best. He is friendly and I am very happy with the representation he provided." Roger N., Oneida, NY