Brain injuries of any type are devastating to the victim and their loved ones. Brain injuries, even the ones classified as minor, can have life-changing effects on the injury victim. Simple things like short term memory loss can change the way that a person lives or feels. We know that the more severe the injury, the more serious the impact on the life of the injury victim.
If you or your loved one has received a brain injury of any type, you are encouraged to speak with a Trenton brain injury attorney. Rosengard Law Group will seek all forms of compensation available to you to help you get through this challenging situation.
WE UNDERSTAND that brain injuries are very serious. We encourage you to seek legal representation so that you can focus your efforts in overcoming the many challenges of recovering from a brain injury.
Trenton Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
A brain injury can occur because the head has been hit or impacted or the neck has been snapped back and forth very quickly shaking the brain. Brain injuries can happen in an accident, and the severity of the other injuries do not reflect how serious the potential brain injury.
Signs of a brain injury include:
- Loss of consciousness, even if it was only for a few minutes
- Severe headache after an accident or a headache that will not go away
- One pupil dilated
- Sensitivity to light or noise that you did not experience before
- Clear liquid coming out of the ears or nose
- Vomiting or Nausea
- Change in personality, especially loss of temper and inability to control impulses or rage
- Difficulty with speech, slurred word, speaking unintelligible words
- Loss of bodily function control
- Seizures or shaking
- Loss of memory or inability to make new memories
Many other conditions are associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI) that is not listed here. A brain injury will affect each person differently.
It is also essential to understand that traumatic brain injuries are just starting to be understood by the medical community. There are no set treatment standards for brain injury, and each person has to be treated differently, even if the injury is considered similar.
Recovery from a brain injury is not guaranteed either. The medical community has been very open about their lack of guarantees for treating people with a TBI. The medical provider can hope that the treatment works and adjust therapies to get the best results, but they cannot offer any 100 percent guarantees.
Common Accidents That Cause Brain Injuries
Injuries to the brain can occur in any type of accident. However, they are most common in the following four types of events.
Car accidents place the person at risk for a brain injury. Trauma to the head from impact or the brain being moved around during a whiplash event can cause brain trauma.
Anyone who has been involved in an accident should be evaluated for a concussion or other brain trauma. Head trauma may not be immediately noticeable because people think that they have a headache or are nauseous because of the stress from the accident. Having yourself evaluated after the accident can help prevent more serious trauma from occurring.
Slip and Fall
When people think of slip and fall accidents, they think of someone falling and landing on their hands and knees or on their bottom. In reality, a majority of slip and fall events result in a person losing control of their footing and landing on their back. This motion can lead to the neck snapping back quickly or blunt trauma to the head on impact.
Anyone who has had any type of slip and fall event that involves pain in their neck or a blow to the head should be evaluated for trauma.
Medical Malpractice and Birth Injuries
Birth injuries and medical malpractice are leading factors in brain trauma. Failures by medical professionals during delivery can lead to serious brain trauma to the infant. Many of these injuries cause lifelong challenges for the baby.
If you or your baby has been injured by a medical professional, it is important to speak with a Trenton personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the event to protect your rights to compensation.
Work Related Injuries
Work-related injuries are covered under worker’s compensation. This coverage protects employees to a point, but it also inhibits some of their rights to collect compensation. By law, employers are protected from being sued for any action that relates to an employee’s injury if they have worker’s compensation policies.
In some cases, a third party may also be responsible for your work-related injury. Faulty equipment, defective materials, even poor maintenance may be the cause of the injury. Your Trenton brain injury lawyer will seek compensation from all responsible parties.
Compensation For Trenton NJ Brain Injury Victims
The cost of caring for someone with a brain injury will differ greatly for each person. How the brain injury impacts their health, their abilities and their lives will depend on the extent of the injury and the potential for recovery.
To ensure that the injury victim has access to care for as long as they need it, and to guarantee that they are not financially devastated as a result of the accident, your attorney will seek compensation on their behalf.
Your Trenton brain injury lawyer will seek compensation from one or more of the following types of compensation:
Your attorney will demand compensation for all current and future medical costs. This will include the cost of regular care, specialized therapies, home care, and medications. Your attorney will work closely with the medical community to find a realistic cost of care for future treatments instead of relying on what the insurer will offer.
Lost Income and Benefits
Any lost wages you have had will be part of your compensation package. This includes all hourly/weekly wages you have missed because of your injury, employer contributions to your retirement plan, profit sharing and employer contributions to your health care plan.
Lost Earning Potential
If your brain injury will not allow you to return to work, or if you have to return to work at fewer hours or at a lower paying position, the negligent party is responsible for compensating your losses.
Future earnings include the amount you would have made until retirement age, with an adjustment for wage increases, benefits and employer contributions.
Pain and Suffering
You will have the right to seek compensation for any lasting physical, emotional, or mental suffering you will endure as a result of this accident. This type of compensation is calculated by your attorney working with a medical care expert to determine the “anticipated” suffering for the type of injury you received.
Your attorney may also include mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life in this category. This will depend on the severity of the injury and the overall condition of the injured party.
Loss of Consortium
If the injured party is married and the injury has changed the way that they interact within their marriage, the attorney will seek damages for this loss. Your Trenton brain injury attorney may also take out a separate lawsuit on behalf of your spouse for the same losses.
Additional forms of compensation may be available to you based on the facts of your case. Your attorney will discuss with you all of the types of compensation you are entitled to during your FREE CONSULTATION.
Do Not Delay Consult A Trenton NJ Brain Injury Attorney
WE DO NOT CHARGE A FEE UNLESS WE WIN. We operate as a contingency fee law firm, so there is never a fee unless we win your case. We understand that there are many financial strains on an injury victim and their family. We try to relieve that stress by working FEE-FREE until we win your case.
We also provide a NO OBLIGATION CONSULTATION. If you are not sure if you have a case, or you are not sure how an attorney can help you or your loved one, schedule a FREE CASE EVALUATION. There are no obligations to use our service, and there is never a fee for the consultation. We will only provide an honest opinion of your case and tell you how we can help.
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE; your injuries are covered by the Statute of Limitations. This means that you have a limited time to file a lawsuit against the responsible party. If you have been injured by someone else, it is always in your best interest to speak to an attorney as soon as possible after the event.
Brain injuries are almost always a life-changing event. It is important to protect yourself or your loved one by talking with a Trenton brain injury lawyer today.