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New York Sports Concussion & Head Injury Lawyers

brain injury attorney new yorkPlaying sports is an important part of most people’s lives. And for some, it is a lifelong career. In fact, more than 30 million children, adolescents and adults participate in organized sports annually.  Any time you participate in a sports activity, you are probably aware that it involves some risk of injury. However, if the sports accident and resulting injury was caused by another person’s negligent or intentional behavior, you may be entitled to compensation.

A good personal injury lawyer will have the experience and skills to build your case, negotiate with the responsible party, and if necessary, take your case to trial.  The New York sports accident attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. have what it takes to successfully handle your sports injury claim.  We will be able to determine if an offer is fair and whether it is in your best interest to settle or take your case to trial.

What Is a Sports-Related Injury?

If you play sports, you can reasonably expect to get sprains and bruises from time to time. These are all part of the game. However, when a sports-related injury impacts your brain, the game has a potential to become deadly. If you suffer a blow or penetration to your head by a projectile, it can generally result in a traumatic brain injury or TBI. TBI affects the function of your brain, which can be either temporary or long-term.

Common Symptoms of a Concussion or TBI

Your brain is extremely vulnerable after suffering a traumatic brain injury. Getting immediate medical attention is key in proper diagnosis and effective treatment. The following are some immediate symptoms of concussions and traumatic brain injuries:

  • Unconsciousness
  • Confusion, disorientation, inability to focus
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Headaches
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Incoordination
  • Lack of balance
  • Amnesia
  • Metallic taste in mouth
  • Strong emotions (i.e. anger, sadness, excitement, etc.)
  • Vacant stare
  • Slurred/incoherent speech

The Growing Problem of TBIs and Concussions

BrainThe last two decades have seen an unprecedented growth in the number of Americans under the age of 19 suffering from TBIs. Most of these TBIs are results of sports related injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control, from 2001 to 2012, the rate of emergency room visits for sports related injuries with a diagnosis of concussion or TBI, alone or in combination with other injuries, more than doubled among children age 19 or younger.

The Most Dangerous Sports

Across all age groups, the sports contributing to greatest number of concussions and brain injuries include:

  • Bicycling
  • Football
  • Baseball/softball
  • Basketball
  • Aquatics
  • Soccer
  • Skateboarding
  • Skiing/snowboarding
  • Horseback riding
  • Gymnastics/Cheerleading

If you have suffered a sports-related head injury during the normal course of play in any sport, you are generally responsible for any resulting medical bills and other damages. This is because you knew or should have known the risks and accepted them prior to playing the sport.

However, if another party caused the incident through direct action or negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. In such a case, it is best to immediately consult with an experienced NYC sports concussion and head injury attorney.

Any of the following factors leading to sports related head injuries can be cause for a personal injury damage claim:

  • Failure to provide adequate safety training
  • Use of old or defective equipment
  • Playing or practicing in an unsafe sports facility
  • Personal attack with intent to harm

Examples of sports authorities increasing risks of a sports related head or brain injury include:

  • Utilizing insufficient return-to-play policies
  • Failing to issue/manufacture proper safety equipment
  • Failing to warn athletes of the risks and symptoms of head injuries

Types of Compensation Available In Personal Injury Claims

If you have suffered a sports related head injury, you may be entitled to compensation. However, getting the full compensation that you are entitled to is not an easy process. These types of cases can be complicated. To make sure that you get the full compensation that you deserve, it is in your best interest to hire an aggressive New York sports injury attorney who will fight for your rights. The legal team at Gersowitz Libo & Koretz, P.C. has the knowledge and experience to get you what you deserve.

The type and amount of compensation that you get depends on the specific facts of your case. However, in general, there are two types of compensation: general damages and specific damages. Specific damages include anything that can be specially proven with a receipt or record, such as medical bills. General damages, are damages that you have incurred that cannot be proven with a receipt, such as pain and suffering. Common examples of compensation that are generally available in sports related injury cases include:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Loss of wages
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional and mental trauma
  • Loss of consortium
  • Any other out of pocket expenses related to the accident

Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Who Can Help You

Since the attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. exclusively practice in matters involving personal injury, our base of knowledge in personal injury law is extensive.  Injuries caused by others can take numerous forms, such as car accidents, medical malpractice and police misconduct.

Victims and their loved ones are usually emotionally vulnerable and are not able to think clearly after an accident.  Our personal injury lawyers are able to guide you and your family through these difficult times. We are able to see the issues at hand in a clear way.  We are experts in the field of personal injury and skilled at being able to aggressively and successfully handle personal injury lawsuits.

Call Us Today

Justice means getting fair compensation.  Without the help of an accident injury attorney to properly and aggressively handle your case, you may not get the fair compensation you deserve for your sports related concussion and TBI injuries.  Whether you have suffered a sports related head injury or simply need the assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer in New York City, we can provide the experience, strategy and commitment that yield results.

To speak to a New York athletic accident attorney about a sports injury claim, please contact Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. at (212) 385-4410.

 

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