Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are one of the most severe personal injuries a person could suffer. Many victims will experience a reduction of brain functions that will impair their day-to-day existence. Others will be disabled to the point where they require round-the-clock medical attention. When another party’s negligence causes such a severe injury, the victim or their family should not bear the full brunt of the financial burden. You have the right to seek monetary compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
The staff and attorneys at the Reiff Law Firm are aware of the cost and devastation associated with a TBI. Whether the injury resulted from a catastrophic car accident or a case of medical malpractice, our attorneys will fight vigorously for your rights. Traumatic brain injuries often have severe and long-lasting consequences, so you should have an experienced New Jersey brain injury attorney at your side. Call our office at (215) 709-6940 to schedule a free and confidential appointment.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) in New Jersey
A traumatic brain injury typically occurs when an individual suffers a blow or impact to the head. In some cases, a person’s body experiences enough force to move the brain inside their skull. A TBI can also result from a puncture wound or a penetrating injury.
TBIs are generally categorized based on their degree of severity: mild, moderate, and severe. However, no matter how serious or mild a TBI is, it could still result in an adverse and lifelong impact for the victim. For instance, a concussion is a mild degree of brain injury. Still, it could leave a victim facing long-term neurological issues, including brain fog, fatigue, nausea, depression, and persistent headaches. The most severe TBIs are often fatal.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries in New Jersey
A TBI can be caused by a wide range of accidents, from slip and falls to car crashes. Below, we review some of the types of cases that the Reiff Law Firm handles that result in traumatic brain injuries.
Automotive Vehicle Accidents
Cars and other vehicles are being engineered better to protect their drivers and passengers from fatal injuries. Unfortunately, many accident victims still suffer TBIs, which are one of the most common injuries sustained in an automotive vehicle crash. The excessive forces people in car accidents experience increase the risk of brain injuries, especially if the neck and head snap back and forth.
Slip and Falls
Probably the most typical way people are injured is through slip and fall accidents. These incidents usually only result in minor injuries. However, if a person loses their balance and hits their head on a hard surface at traumatic brain injury is likely. Older adults and younger children are especially vulnerable to head injuries from slip and fall accidents.
For some unfortunate victims, their life begins with a TBI. During a difficult delivery, an infant’s brain is vulnerable to a brain injury. When a doctor or other medical professional places excessive force on a child’s skull, usually with surgical instruments such as forceps or a vacuum extractor, a newborn could suffer a traumatic brain injury. Brain injuries could also occur if the child’s brain is deprived of oxygen.
Potential Financial Damages for a Traumatic Brain Injury in New Jersey
If you suffered a brain injury caused by another’s negligence, you could seek monetary compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. This is critical because brain injury often results in a significant financial burden on a victim and their family. There is a long list of damages you could recover through a personal injury claim.
Medical and Rehabilitative Expenses
The medical costs associated with a brain injury are astronomical. No matter what causes a TBI, the victim will need immediate and expensive medical treatment, including surgery, hospitalization, diagnostic tests, medication, and physical therapy. Many of these treatments will last for years or a lifetime.
If someone suffers a TBI, they could potentially lose a significant portion of their brain functions. Depending on the location and severity of the damage, a TBI could affect body functions, communication, or leave the victim with permanent muscle weakness or paralysis. Rehabilitation could include years of sessions with multiple specialists, including occupational and physical therapists. If the damage impacted a person’s ability to communicate, they could require speech therapy. Therapy could last for years and is very costly.
Nursing Care and Home Modifications
In severe cases, a person who suffers a traumatic brain injury will not be able to take care of themselves. In some situations, they will require constant medical attention at a nursing home or a specialized long-term care facility.
In other cases, a victim of a TBI could return home – if the home is modified to account for their injury and disabilities. A family may need to hire a home healthcare professional to provide the medical attention necessary. It is also possible that the home will require modifications, such as ramps, rails, or guards to accommodate a victim’s wheelchair. Through a personal injury lawsuit, you could be compensated for these expensive necessities.
If you cannot work for weeks, months, or for the rest of your life, you are could seek compensation for your lost wages. Many victims of TBIs are impaired to the point where returning to work is unlikely. Our New Jersey traumatic brain injury attorneys work with economic specialists to determine what you would have earned if you have not suffered such a devastating injury.
Our New Jersey Brain Injury Attorney Can Help You
You should not try to take on the challenges of a brain injury case alone. This type of complex litigation requires knowledge and skilled legal counsel. Our New Jersey brain injury attorneys have decades of experience representing TBI victims and their families. Contact the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 709-6940 to schedule a free consultation and start fighting for the compensation you deserve.