Traumatic Brain Injury Accidents Attorneys In New Jersey
A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, falls under the classification of general negligence cases that typically involve medical malpractice; nursing home abuse; wrongful death; traumatic brain injuries; or fire and burn injuries, including gas explosions and fires in high buildings, to name a few. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1.4 million Americans suffer brain injuries annually and at least 5.3 million people in the United States require long-term care due to a traumatic brain injury.
A TBI very often occurs due to another person/persons or entity’s alleged negligence. When someone suffers a TBI under such circumstances, a personal injury lawsuit may be filed. New Jersey is considered a contributory negligence state, which means that the individual seeking damages in a lawsuit must be proven to be less responsible for that accident—such as a TBI—than the individual who allegedly caused the accident.
A TBI is very serious, expensive, long-term or permanent, and potentially fatal. TBIs may happen as a single injury or as part of several other injuries. The TBI usually is the result of a bump or blow to the head or the result of a penetrating head injury.
TBIs are devastating and may cause paralysis, the inability to manage basic activities, permanent disability, and long-term or life-long rehabilitation. If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury in New Jersey, the New Jersey attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, loss of enjoyment, and other damages.
Symptoms and Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries are classified into three categories: Mild, moderate, or severe. A mild brain injury may lead to a relatively short period of loss of consciousness, confusion, or disorientation that does not last more than 30 minutes. A moderate brain injury involves longer periods of unconsciousness or memory loss and a severe brain injury may cause anything from impaired cognitive functioning to comatose states.
Some of the symptoms of a TBI may include:
- Impact to cognitive thought processes, including, for instance, judgment and decision-making
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty hearing
- Dilated pupils
- Emotional outbursts
- Inability to awaken from sleep
- Inability to express words or thoughts
- Increased agitation
- Irregular eye movement
- Loss of coordination
- Loss of facial sensation or movement
- Loss of long term or short term memory
- Loss of smell
- Loss of taste
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Paresthesia (burning or prickling sensation typically in the hands, arms, legs, or feet, but may occur in other parts of the body)
- Pins and needles feeling in the limbs
- Weakness or numbness in the extremities
A severe brain injury may also cause spinal paraplegic (paralysis that affects all or part of the trunk, legs, and pelvic organs) and hemiplegic (one side of the body) or quadriplegic (arms, legs, and trunk from the site of the injury and below) injuries.
Concussion or post-concussion syndrome may also occur and are considered somewhat minor; however, these injuries are known to cause severe headaches, personality changes, and depression. Brain edema may also occur and leads to an accumulation of fluid that results in brain swelling and pressure, often requiring surgery to relieve symptoms such as vision loss, memory loss, or seizures. Subdural or intracranial hematoma, which is typically caused by a blow to the head or sudden lurching motion, causes symptoms from persistent headaches and mood swings to loss of consciousness and other life-threatening issues.
Other Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic Brain Injuries may lead to long-term and life-long physical disability, as well as severe cognitive and behavioral changes that may upend the quality and the function of the victim’s and his or her family’s lives. Consequences of a TBI may include cognitive injuries—short- or long-term memory loss; spatial disorientation; and difficulty concentrating, communicating, or planning.
Injuries may also be psychological and behavioral and may cause anxiety, depression, mood swings, agitation, and impulsivity. Physical injuries may lead to seizures; chronic headaches; speech impairment; partial or complete paralysis; and loss of vision, hearing, smell, or taste.
Victims of traumatic brain injury may be eligible to receive compensation for medical expenses, including medical, hospital, surgical, nursing, medication, medical device, ambulance, and rehabilitation costs tied to recovering the victim’s ability to function. Compensation may also be available for lost income and diminished earning capacity; property damage, including damage, destruction, and loss of tangible property; and pain and suffering, including physical and mental distress.
How Do Traumatic Brain Injuries Occur?
The leading cause of traumatic brain injury in teenagers and adults is motor vehicle accidents. Males between the 15 and 24 years of age tend to lead more high-risk lifestyles or to engage in more high-risk activities and are the most susceptible group to suffer brain injuries. Children who are under four years of age and individuals who are over the age of 60 are also susceptible to brain accidents due to slip/trip and falls, neglect, and other causes.
Traumatic brain injuries may occur due to construction sites accidents; medical malpractice, physical assaults and abuse; shaken-baby syndrome; athletic and sporting accidents; vehicular accidents; accidents at home, work, or outdoors; and slip/trip and falls.
A traumatic brain injury typically is due to a brain trauma due to a skull fracture, a concussion, or a sudden and intense shaking of the head. The cause of a TBI is critical as this may help in determining if the victim of the TBI has legal recourse to recover financial compensation. Generally, those who have suffered a brain injury in New Jersey due to another’s negligence and who suffered losses as a result of that negligence or behavior may be able to file a claim.
The New Jersey attorneys at Parker Waichman understand the full medical and legal implications of head injuries and also understand the emotional stress a traumatic brain injury personal injury claim may cause the family and loved ones of TBI victims. Our firm has deep ties in the New Jersey community and legal community.
Our legal experts are able help handle your claim so that you and your family may concentrate on the TBI victim’s recovery, especially because the victim may need to change his or her lifestyle and may never return to the life he or she led before the TBI event. A TBI may impact personality, physical abilities, mental abilities, and psychological abilities.
Consult with Parker Waichman regarding a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuit in New Jersey
The attorneys Parker Waichman have long and successfully fought traumatic brain injury cases in New Jersey. If you or someone you know has been injured due to a traumatic brain injury, the firm offers legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a lawsuit.
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