1. What can I do if I cannot afford to pay a brain injury lawyer?
Our firm will handle your brain injury action without any payment of attorney's fees from our clients. We handle matters with a contingency fee arrangement which means that our firm will receive a percentage of the recovery we are able to obtain on behalf of our clients. The fee to the lawyer is dependent or contingent upon a successful resolution of our client's case and is paid at the conclusion of the case. The New York Appellate Division has approved a 33 and 1/3rd percentage contingent compensation for personal injury matters.
2. Can I develop a seizure disorder or epilepsy as a result of an accident or head trauma?
A trauma to the brain can in fact cause a seizure disorder and or epilepsy. This is true whether the initial trauma was mild, moderate, or severe.
3. What is a seizure?
A seizure is an explosion in the brain. A person's cerebral activity is regulated by electrical impulses which are sent when the nerves in the brain fire charges that pass from one nerve cell to another. When a seizure occurs, the nerve cells cease to fire properly and instead fire with sudden, short and intense energy.
4. What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a recurrent condition of seizures. It is used to describe when someone has multiple seizures.
5. How long after an accident can seizures or epilepsy occur?
A seizure disorder or epilepsy can develop at any time following head trauma ranging from immediately after an accident to one day, a few weeks, or even more than one year later.
6. Are there different types of seizures?
Yes. Usually a seizure will start in a specific location within the brain and then it may or may not travel to other areas of the brain.
a. What is Grand Mal seizure?
When a seizure starts in one part of the brain and then spreads to other areas of the head, it is called a generalized or grand mal seizure.
b. What is a partial seizure?
A seizure where only a small area of the brain is affected.
7. How is a seizure disorder or epilepsy diagnosed?
An EEG, is a medical test used to measure the electrical activity in the brain. However, the electrical firing of the brain may be normal at the time when the EEG test is taken prompting a doctor to order a 24 hour continuous EEG or further medical testing.
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