Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can be life changing. The road to recovery from these injuries can be long and very expensive. These injuries are the leading cause of disability and death in the US. Over 1.7 million people suffer a TBI annually. If you’ve suffered a TBI at the hands of another person, get in touch with a Newark brain injury lawyer to begin the process of filing a claim for compensation.
The experienced Newark personal injury attorneys at Rosengard Law Group understand just how traumatizing a TBI can be. We know the impact it can have on you and your family’s lives and finances. If your injury is the result of someone else’s negligence, we’re here to bring the responsible party to account and aggressively pursue the compensation that is rightly yours.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury
A Newark brain injury attorney from our law firm will file the lawsuit and push for maximum compensation for a traumatic brain injury. These are brain injuries that are caused by external forces. They often occur when a person is:
- Struck on the head by an object or strikes an object with their head
- Is shaken or jolted suddenly
- The trauma results in damage to the brain’s physical structure. This damage prevents the brain from functioning as normal.
A TBI can affect a person in several ways including the way they:
- Think – the injury may affect their reasoning or memory
- Communicate – the injury may affect how a person speaks or their understanding
- Experience sensations – the injury may affect how a person’s sense of touch, smell, and taste
- Express their emotions as well as interact with people.
Some people are able to recover from TBI and continue with their lives as before. Others are only able to regain some normal brain functions. They may require ongoing treatment and care such as assistance with day to day tasks. Others succumb to their injuries.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Our attorneys are experienced at filing claims for different traumatic brain injuries including:
These are only considered a mild injury in comparison to other TBIs. They may result in a person being dazed, confused, disoriented while still conscious or failing unconscious for a few seconds or minutes.
While concussions are considered mild they can result in painful headaches, dizziness and problems with balance. They can also result in changes in personality, anxiety, depression and other emotional imbalances. Victims of concussions are vulnerable to suffering additional concussions which can result in dementia or chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative disease.
These types of brain injury occur when a person suffers direct impact to the head by an object. The injury results in brain herniation or swelling. Surgery may be required to help relieve pressure and ensure the flow of oxygen to the brain.
This is TBI that occurs when the impact to the head results in breakage of the skull. The brain tissue is damaged by a foreign object or pieces of skull. This type of injury may result in loss of life or permanent impairment. It is considered the most severe type of TBI. Surgery may be required to remove the foreign object as well as for the repair of the skull.
This type of injury results in damage to both sides of the brain. It often occurs when the force acting on one side of the brain forces it against the opposite side of the skull. These types of injuries can interfere with normal functions such as memory, swallowing, balance, coordination, muscular abilities as well as sensation.
This is a TBI characterized by widespread damage of the brain. It is often the result of shaking, a sudden and severe jolt as well as powerful rotation of the head. The brain lags behind as the head moves causing the brain to slam against the inside of the skull. Brain tissue in multiple locations suffers damage. This type of injury commonly results from car injuries.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
You should hire a Newark traumatic brain injury attorney from our firm if you or someone you love has suffered a TBI from an accident that was preventable. You can seek compensation for a TBI that is the result of the reckless, careless or intentional actions of another party.
Some of the leading causes of these injuries are:
- Car accidents – see Newark car accident lawyer
- Slip and fall accidents
- Sports injuries
- Violence including domestic violence, gunshot wounds, and child abuse
- Falling from heights
- Medical negligence
Newark Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
We at Rosengard Law Group represent victims of TBIs ranging from mild TBIs to Severe TBIs. If you’ve been in an accident, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible especially if you’re showing signs of brain damage as below.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
- Loss of consciousness
- Vomiting or nausea
- Feeling disoriented, dazed or confused
- Slurred speech
- Ringing in the ears
- Blurred vision
- Changes in your sleeping pattern
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Trouble with concentrating, memory or thinking
Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
- Prolonged loss of consciousness
- Seizures or convulsions
- Slurred speech
- Dilation of pupils in one or both eyes
- Agitation or restlessness
- Nausea or repeated vomiting
- Loss of coordination
- Extreme confusion
- Numbness or weakness in toes or fingers
- Clear fluids draining from your ears or nose
Hire a Newark Brain Injury Lawyer To File Your Claim
Treatment and rehabilitation for traumatic brain injuries can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on the severity of the injury. Many victims suffer injuries that result in permanent disabilities or conditions that worsen over time. Some victims of TBI are unable to return to work or perform normal day-to-day tasks.