Skateboarding Accidents and the Importance of Helmet Safety

Author: Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) — compensation and recovery

Arielle Budnick, an 18-year-old Queens resident has a message for other teens  “Wear a helmet.”  Budnick was injured in a Memorial Day skateboarding accident, and suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Budnick, now fully recovered after several surgeries and months of physical rehabilitation, wants to spread the message of the importance of helmet safety.

“After this experience I realize the true value of life,” said Budnick.  “It pays to wear a helmet, and none of this would have happened if I were wearing a helmet.”

Now a staunch advocate of wearing a helmet, Arielle is sharing her story during gym classes and includes a presentation on helmet safety with a representative from a hospital in Queens.

Arielle was lucky but a lot of people don’t make a full recovery from TBI.

The devastation of traumatic brain injury

A brain injury is one of the most devastating injuries a person can sustain.  And a serious brain injury can cause multiple problems from paralysis to motor skill difficulties.

Brain injury is caused by head trauma, such as skull fractures, concussions, or sudden and violent shaking of the head.

This type of injury commonly results from:

•    Motor vehicle accidents
•    Medical malpractice
•    Slip and falls
•    Construction accidents
•    Sporting accidents
•    Gunshot accidents

While some patients make a full recovery, many others do not and face a life time of surgeries, physical therapy, and disabilities.

Compensation for brain injury victims

Sometimes, the only way to obtain compensation for a serious brain injury is through a personal injury lawsuit.  Though the amount and type of compensation you may be entitled to depend on the circumstances, you may be compensated for:

•    Medical expenses
•    Physical rehabilitation costs
•    Equipment and home modification costs
•    Loss of income/earning ability
•    Pain, suffering, and emotional distress
•    Disability and disfigurement

A NY personal injury attorney can help you to get on the road to recovery

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious brain injury in New York, an experienced personal injury attorney can provide assistance and guidance in your case.  To find out how we can help you contact us online or call us at (631) 451-7900 or toll free at (888) 545-2993 to arrange a free consultation today.