Personal Injury

Head & Brain Injuries Caused by New Jersey Accidents

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
Dilated pupils
Being dazed, confused or disoriented
Memory or concentration problems
Persistent or worsening headache
Dizziness, loss of balance or loss of coordination
Nausea or vomiting
Sensory problems
Slurred speech
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

Personal Injury

What to Do When an Accident in New Jersey Causes Back & Spinal Injuries

Bergen County lawyers guide you through your claim for a spinal cord injury
A back injury seriously can harm the spine and spinal cord. A spinal cord injury is generally caused by a blow to the back that fractures or dislocates the vertebrae in the spine. Additional damage can be caused when the vertebrae or fractured pieces of the spine tear into cord tissue or damage the nerves. The most severe injuries cause paralysis below the site of the injury.

If you sustained a serious back injury or spinal injury in Bergen County or northern New Jersey because of the negligence or wrongful acts of another, it’s in your best interests to find an attorney who can help you recover compensation for your medical bills, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other harm. At the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg, we are dedicated to helping you obtain the full compensation you need and deserve under the law. Our highly experienced lawyers personally handle your case to ensure the best quality of service and results.

What are the symptoms of spinal injuries?
Because spinal injuries are internal, they are not always easily recognized or diagnosed. If you or a loved one was in a car or truck accident, a slip and fall accident or otherwise injured your spine, seeking medical treatment is the best way to diagnose the injury and minimize the harm. Many symptoms indicate a spinal cord injury, including:

Pain or pressure in the neck, head or back
Tingling or loss of sensation in the hand, fingers, feet or toes
Partial or complete loss of control over any body part
Urinary or bowel problems
Balance and walking problems
Bands of pain or pressure in the area between the head and abdomen
Difficulty breathing
Unusual lumps on the head or spine
Signs of weakness or brain injury
Unconsciousness or semiconsciousness

What kind of back injuries can you sustain in an accident?
Our lawyers help you recover compensation for all types of serious injuries to the back, neck and spine, including:

Herniated disc injuries
Spinal cord injury
Slipped vertebrae
Broken or fractured spine
Pinched or damaged nerves
Numbness, pain or weakness
Blood pressure problems
Loss of muscle, lung, bowel or bladder control
Reduced mobility
Paralysis, including paraplegia and quadriplegia

What are the causes of back and spinal injuries?
Diseases and accidents both can cause a spinal injury. Alcohol is a factor in about one out of four accidental spinal injuries. At the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg, our attorneys assist victims in recovering compensation from negligent parties in all types of accidents that cause an injury to the spine:

Auto accidents and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. They cause more than 40 percent of new injuries in the United States each year.
Trip and slip and fall accidents and falls from heights cause more than 25 percent of spinal injuries. If you are over age 65, falling is the most common way to injure your spine.
About 15 percent of spinal cord injuries are caused by gunshot wounds, knife wounds and other violent acts.
About 8 percent of back injuries are caused by athletic and recreational activities, including impact sports, such as football and diving in shallow water.

Personal Injury

When New Jersey Accidents Cause Herniated Disc Injuries, Attorneys Provide Assistance


How attorneys can help after an accident
If you have sustained a severe herniated disc in an accident in northern New Jersey because of the negligence of another, our lawyers at the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg can help you obtain relief. Medical treatment can be costly, and a painful slipped disc may make you miss work or render you unable to do the job you did previously. The pain and suffering can be excruciating and affect all aspects of your life. Our attorneys understand your situation, and we put our knowledge and vast network of professionals to work to help you obtain the medical care you need and the monetary damages for your harm that you deserve.

What are the causes of herniated discs?
The spine is made up of individual bones, called vertebrae, which have rubbery cushions, called discs, between them. The discs are soft inside with a harder exterior. In an accident, the exterior may crack and the soft inside the disc may push out, creating a herniated disc, also called a slipped or ruptured disc. Herniated discs can irritate nearby nerves and cause severe pain, numbness or weakness, not only in the back but also in the arms and legs.

At the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg in Bergen County, we help accident victims obtain compensation for all types of back injuries resulting from accidents caused by another, such as:

Sciatica, a lower back injury that causes pain and numbness in the buttock and down the leg
Cauda equina syndrome, a serious herniated disc injury in which the bundle of nerve roots at the end of the spinal cord is squeezed, causing bowel, bladder, genital or intestinal problems, tingling or loss of feeling to the lower pelvic area and legs, or loss of function in leg muscles

How are herniated discs treated?
After an accident, if you suffer ongoing pain or numbness in the spine or limbs, you need to seek medical attention. A doctor may diagnose a slipped or ruptured disc through a physical exam or need to conduct tests, such as:

CAT scans
Nerve tests, such as electromyograms
Once the location and severity of the injury is determined, you may need treatment, including:

Over-the-counter pain medications
Narcotics, such as codeine or Vicodin
Nerve pain medications
Muscle relaxers
Cortisone injections
Physical therapy
Heat or ice
Electrical stimulation
Short-term bracing for the neck or lower back
In a few severe cases, you may need surgery if other treatments fail and a disc fragment is pressing on a nerve, causing progressive weakness, or you have trouble performing basic activities, such as standing or walking. A surgeon may need to remove a portion of the disc or the entire disc and fuse the vertebrae together or implant an artificial disc.

Treatment for spinal cord injuries may be costly and time-consuming, resulting in significant financial harm. Our attorneys strive to help you recover compensation from any negligent parties that will cover your initial and long-term treatment and your lost income from missed work and other damages. Whether you were in car or motorcycle accident, slip and fall accident or construction accident, we have the knowledge and skills to help you through your lawsuit or settlement.