Seeking compensation for accident victims suffering traumatic brain injuries
Head and brain injuries can occur in almost any type of accident in which there is a bump, blow, jolt, impact or penetrating injury to the head or a lack of oxygen to the brain. Whether you fell and hit your head while on someone else’s property or were injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of another, you may suffer serious damage.
Brain injuries can affect all aspects of your life, from your ability to earn an income to your enjoyment of daily life activities and being able to care for yourself. At the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg in Bergen County, our lawyers understand what a terrible impact a head or brain injury can have on your life. With decades of experience both in and out of New Jersey courtrooms, we help you recover just compensation so that you can get the medical treatment and care, lost wages, compensation for pain and suffering, and other damages that you deserve.
What are the common causes of a head injury?
The most common cause of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States is a slip or trip and fall accident. While falls can injure victims of all ages, they are primarily harmful to children and elderly adults. They cause half of all head injuries in children up to 14 and more than 60 percent in adults 65 years and older.
The second most common cause of brain injury is an auto accident. More than 17 percent of TBIs are caused by traffic accidents, including accidents involving trucks and motorcycles. Head injuries received in a truck accident may be particularly serious or fatal because of the severity of these accidents. Motorcyclists, on the other hand, can help protect themselves from serious TBI by wearing helmets. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), helmets are 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries, and helmeted riders have a 73 percent lower fatality rate than riders without helmets.
In addition to falls and motor vehicle accidents, more than 16 percent of brain injuries are caused when the head is struck by or against a moving or stationary object. Another 10 percent are caused by assaults.
What types of brain injuries occur in accidents?
Whether due to a car accident, a workplace accident, a slip and fall accident or any other accident caused by the negligence of someone else, head injuries tend to be very serious. Brain injuries can include a wide range of harm:
Tearing of the delicate brain tissue, such as from a sudden impact
Bruising, caused by impact to the skull
Deprivation of oxygen, called anoxic brain injury
When a traumatic brain injury occurs, the victim may suffer a variety of short- or long-term effects, including:
Behavior and personality changes
Concentration and memory problems
Loss of senses, such as touch or smell
Depression, anxiety or other mood changes
Impaired speech and vision
Physical or mental impairment
What are the symptoms of a brain injury?
When a brain injury occurs, it is important to act quickly to recognize the signs and symptoms so you can seek immediate medical attention and minimize possible long-term harm. Many different symptoms indicate brain injury, including:
Loss of consciousness
Being dazed, confused or disoriented
Memory or concentration problems
Persistent or worsening headache
Dizziness, loss of balance or loss of coordination
Nausea or vomiting
Sensitivity to light or sound
Mood changes or mood swings
Agitation, combativeness or other unusual behavior
Feeling depressed or anxious
Fatigue or drowsiness
Difficulty sleeping, sleeping more than usual or the inability to wake up
Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
Convulsions or seizures
Clear fluids draining from the nose or ears