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Traumatic Brain Injuries

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Traumatic brain injuries are usually caused by violent jolts or blows to the head, or even the body. Traumatic brain injury can also result from something penetrating brain tissue such as shattered skull fragments or bullets. Sometimes traumatic brain injuries involve torn tissues, bruising, and bleeding. These injuries can result in long-term harm or death. If you were injured or a loved one was killed due to head trauma caused by someone else, a seasoned Syracuse brain injury attorney may be able to help you recover damages.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries can have long-term psychological and physical effects. Symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury can include headaches, disorientation, nausea, fatigue, sleep trouble, dizziness, blurred vision, bad taste in the mouth, sensitivity to sound or light, and problems with memory or mood. A more severe traumatic brain injury may be signified by symptoms such as loss of consciousness (particularly prolonged loss of consciousness), convulsions, repeated vomiting, pupil dilation, inability to wake up, clear fluids draining out of the ears or nose, loss of coordination, agitation, slurred speech, seizures, depression, loss of interest, or even a coma.

Causes of Brain Injuries

There are many different causes of traumatic brain injuries. Any sort of fast back-and-forth movement of the head can result in a closed head injury. Rapid back and forth movements can pick apart the nerve fibers in the brain and damage brain tissues. If the skull is violently hit, it can fracture and pieces of skull may cause penetration injuries. Our firm has represented clients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries for various reasons, such as motor vehicle accidents, compromised oxygenation of blood in the brain, failure to diagnose and treat aneurysms, birth injuries, construction accidents, falls, near drownings, and defective products.

Newborn Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries can be the result of professional negligence by OB-gyns, particularly when labor and delivery aren’t managed appropriately. Newborns may suffer brain injuries when cesarean sections were not performed as quickly as they should have been, resulting in hypoxia or anoxia in a baby, and the brain damage that results from the loss of oxygen. Sometimes brain injury results in cerebral palsy. Sometimes a minor problem escalates, resulting in the compression of the brain stem and a secondary injury. Newborns may not suffer a traumatic brain injury, but may instead suffer an acquired brain injury that ranges in severity and might restrict language communication, abstract thinking, reasoning, information processing, and psychosocial behavior. If you believe an injury of this nature was caused by a doctor’s failure to adhere to the applicable standard of care in treating your child, you may be able to sue for medical malpractice and recover compensation, and a knowledgeable injury lawyer can help.


The brain is complicated. Brain damage can vary tremendously depending on what part of the brain is harmed and how severe the injury is. These factors will affect the damages that are available. Generally, a mild traumatic brain injury only requires rest and perhaps medication. When someone suffers moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, a patient may spend significant time in intensive care. When traumatic brain injuries result in swelling or bleeding of the brain, the result may be an emergency that necessitates surgery.

Compensatory damages for traumatic brain injury can include both economic and noneconomic losses. Economic losses arising out of traumatic brain injury may include medical bills, out-of-pocket costs, lost wages, replacement services, and other tangible, concrete losses. In some cases, long-term care may be needed for a severely brain damaged person, and the costs of this may be recovered by establishing liability. Noneconomic losses are usually intangible losses and can vary dramatically depending on your testimony, individual characteristics and what harms the jury believes would naturally flow from the traumatic brain injury you suffered. They can include pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment.

Consult an Experienced Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney in Syracuse

The lawyers at DeFrancisco & Falgiatano represent those who have been harmed by traumatic brain injuries in and near Syracuse. We also represent clients and their families in Rochester, Elmira, Auburn, Binghamton, Norwich, Ithaca, Herkimer, Lowville, Watertown, Oneida, Oswego, Utica, Wampsville, Canandaigua, Cooperstown, and Lyons. Please call us at 315-479-9000 or contact us via our online form.

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
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