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Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury

TBI is a complex injury with a broad spectrum of symptoms and disabilities, with no two injuries ever being the same. The impact a TBI has on a person and his or her family and friends is always devastating beginning with the initial shock and despair at the moment of the head trauma and continues during the recovery phases which end with continuous coping and a life of problem solving. Brain injuries do not have the course of other types of injuries which much of the time can heal and regain their previous function. Since our brain defines who we are, the consequences of a brain injury can affect all aspects of our lives, including how we think, feel, and act.

Our Mission

We are personal injury lawyers with deep experience in representing survivors of TBI sustained from accidents and medical malpractice. This cause is our life passion and we have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients who have survived traumatic brain injury. Our mission at Siegel & Coonerty is twofold when it comes to our TBI clients. We want to provide them with any and all information; insight and resources that will help them obtain their maximum functional capacity. And, of course, in addition to helping in any way we can, we shall provide expert, high-level legal representation.

Understanding and Compassion

Having landed on our website it is likely that you or a loved one have sustained a traumatic brain injury. So, let us start by saying we are genuinely saddened that yet another individual has suffered such an unfortunate life event. We wish for you and all survivors of TBI a speedy and complete recovery.

At Siegel & Coonerty, we appreciate that the impact TBI has had on the injured individual and their family is distressing from the initial shock and despair associated with the head trauma throughout the recovery phases. We understand that compassion and admiration is due those who must struggle—in the wake of sudden tragedy—to restructure their lives in an ongoing battle to recover the normalcy once taken for granted.

With this appreciation we shall provide to you high-level legal representation from beginning to end.


How to Hire the Right Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer in New York

These five  “do’s and don’ts” are from a lecture attorney Andy Siegel recently gave at the annual conference of the Brain Injury Association of New York.

STARTING WITH THE DON’TS:

  1. Never hire a lawyer without interviewing at least two — all personal injury lawyers are not created equal. There are differences in legal abilities just like there are differences in the abilities of doctors and people in other professions.
  2. Never hire a lawyer who does not take all the time that is required to discuss with you your case and your legal rights. If the prospective lawyer picks up their cell phone while you’re there, or allows for other interruptions — run for the hills.
  3. Never hire a lawyer who promises you terrific results or who spends interview time telling you how great your case is or how great a lawyer they are.
  4. Never hire a lawyer with little or no experience in handling traumatic brain injury cases no matter whose relative or friend the lawyer may be.
  5. Lastly, never hire a lawyer who is unable to talk with you in language you can clearly and easily understand or treat you with the respect and dignity to which you are entitled.

NOW THE DO’S:

  1. Ask the prospective lawyer about their prior trial results in TBI cases and how many jury verdicts that lawyer has taken on behalf of brain injury victims. Don’t be shy. It’s within your rights to ask. You must hire a lawyer knowing they can successfully go the distance at trial; meaning one who is not afraid to take a jury verdict in the interests of justice.
  2. You must hire a lawyer who can advise their client not to take the money being offered—even if it’s a substantial amount—if that sum does not fairly compensate the TBI victim. To this end a good question to ask the prospective lawyer is: What is the largest offer of money you ever advised a TBI client not to take and what sum of money did the jury award?
  3.  Ask the prospective lawyer if they have been selected as a Super Lawyer or whether or not they have any literature that was published concerning their jury verdicts in TBI cases. All trial lawyers are egomaniacs so they will have these publications readily available if it in fact exists.
  4.  Make sure the lawyer you meet with will be the lawyer who will actually handle your case. Not some inexperienced underling unfamiliar with the complexity of TBI injuries.
  5. Choose a lawyer you are comfortable with, who you connect with, and who you believe with do the best job for you and your family.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

The objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys in New York that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel.

Brain Injury Super Lawyer

At Siegel & Coonerty, we believe it is important that the lawyer you choose to handle your traumatic brain injury case be a member of the select attorneys who have been chosen as a Super Lawyer. But beware: not all attorneys selected as a Superlawer are experienced or have the requisite know-how to handle a traumatic brain injury matter.

Andrew W. Siegel has been selected as a New York Super Lawyer continuously from 2010 through 2018. Sean Coonerty has been selected as a Super Lawyer continuously since 2014. Each year Andy and Sean dedicate their Super Lawyer statement to the courageous survivors of traumatic brain injury. The reason? Siegel & Coonerty dedicate themselves to, have deep experience in, and possess the essential knowledge and expertise to properly, appropriately and successfully litigate to a more than satisfactory conclusion all cases involving mild, moderate or severe traumatic brain injury.

Tell Us What Happened?

Settlements & Verdicts

Global Brain Damage | $8,490,000.00 Settlement

Global Brain Damage | $8,490,000.00 Settlement

An infant boy sustains severe brain damage from the failure to timely diagnose and properly treat impending cardio-pulmonary arrest from underlying medical condition.

Awarded: $8,490,000.00 Pre-trial SettlementAndrew W. Siegel, Trial Attorney

Craniotomy for Brain Hematoma | $1,200,000.00 Settlement

Craniotomy for Brain Hematoma | $1,200,000.00 Settlement

Plaintiff (Non disclosure agreement) sustained fractured skull, sub-dural bleed and intraparencchymal hemorrhage requiring craneotomy as a result of a pipe falling on his head during the demolition of a building interior. He sustained a mild traumatic brain injury with minor residual.

Awarded: $1,200,000.00 Pre-trial SettlementAndrew W. Siegel, Trial Attorney

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury | $6,000,000.00 Jury Verdict

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury | $6,000,000.00 Jury Verdict

Crespo v. DASNY, et. al. Bronx Supreme, Index No. 23922/99 Honorable Alan J. Saks

Defendant did not provide Plaintiff with proper safety equipment who sustained multiple facial fractures, trigeminal neuralgia and mild traumatic brain injury after falling from a scaffold failure.

Offer of settlement: $985,000.00
Awarded: $6,000,000.00 Jury VerdictAndrew W. Siegel, Trial Attorney

Massive Brain Injury | $43,000,000.00 Jury Verdict

Massive Brain Injury | $43,000,000.00 Jury Verdict

Park v. Rizzuti, et. al. Queens Supreme, Index No. 4061/05 Honorable Janice Taylor

Plaintiff claimed defendant radiologist failed to diagnose brain abnormality on CT Scan resulting in rupture of unspotted aneurysm with resultant brain damage. The plaintiff was required to undergo extensive treatment in order to treat the massive brain insult. She ultimately had a tubing implanted in her brain that ran dow her back and entered the peritoneum where excessive cerebral spinal fluid would drain in order to prevent hydrocephalous.

Offer of settlement: $0
Awarded: $43,000,000.00 Jury VerdictAndrew W. Siegel, Trial Attorney

Brain Injury – Anterior Inferior Frontal Lobe Injury | $2,500,000.00 Settlement

Brain Injury – Anterior Inferior Frontal Lobe Injury | $2,500,000.00 Settlement

Saling v. TBTA et. al.

The plaintiff was riding his motorcycle across the Harlem Lift span of the RFK Bridge when his tires entered into a man made rut between the middle and right hand lanes of Manhattan bound traffic. He continues to travel forward while the sidewall of his tires contacted the elevated edges made by the elevations on either side of the rut. The forces from this contacting created an upward force making it impossible for the plaintiff to make use of his steering mechanism. When his front tire contacted a transverse joint that intersected the rut, he was thrown over his handle bars sliding forward on the roadway surface until his head contacted the bridge sidewall. His most significant injury was an anterior inferior frontal lobe injury that altered his personality and compromised his ability to control his anger response.

Awarded: $2,500,000.00 Pre-trial Settlement Andrew W. Siegel, Trial Attorney

Brain Stem Perforation | $9,900,000.00 Settlement

Brain Stem Perforation | $9,900,000.00 Settlement

Penny Sposato v. Mt. Sinai Hospital

Anesthesiologist lost track of the presenting aspect of a surgical tool resulting in a brain stem perforation with permanent brain damage and locked in syndrome. The doctor was supposed to run a connecting wire from the head down to a battery pack in the small of the lower back, but instead ran the wire upwards losing its location at the neck area and the tip entered the hole in the base of the plaintiff’s brain causing massive injury.

Awarded: $9,900,000.00 Pre-trial SettlementAndrew W. Siegel, Trial Attorney

Severe Traumatic Brain Injury | $11,950,000.00 Verdict

Severe Traumatic Brain Injury | $11,950,000.00 Verdict

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Awarded: $11,950,000.00 Jury VerdictAndrew W. Siegel, Trial Attorney

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