New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys
Traumatic brain injury, also known as TBI, occurs when there is a disturbance in regular brain function that is typically caused by an acute event. The variability among traumatic brain injury sufferers is extensive, with the possible causes as wide-ranging as the severity of symptoms and complications. A TBI may be caused by a heavily exerted force hitting the head, a severe jolt, a fall causing the head to strike a hard surface, another head injury that breaks the skin or skull, or an event that causes oxygen deprivation to the brain.
The costs associated with TBI can be devastating. Not only are individuals with brain injuries faced with the physical effects of these injuries, but often they are forced to cope with long-term impairments to regular functioning, emotional damage and personality changes, mounting medical expenses for current and future treatment, reduced earning capacity, and more. If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury in New Jersey, it is critical to be aware of your rights and legal options.
When you have suffered a TBI and someone else is responsible for causing your injury, you need an advocate who will support and walk alongside you, adeptly navigate through the complex legal process, and aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve. Through legal action, individuals can recover compensation to cover the costs of medical expenses, lost income while out of work, corrective surgery, rehabilitative treatments and therapies, and permanent disability. You may also be compensated for the physical pain, emotional suffering, and mental trauma caused by the traumatic brain injury that undoubtedly altered the course of your life.
The experienced New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys at Fronzuto Law Group fight ardently on behalf of TBI victims and individuals who suffer other catastrophic injuries caused by the negligence of others. If you would like to discuss your traumatic brain injury with our knowledgeable legal team, please contact us today at 973-435-4551. We are always available to listen to your unique circumstances, answer your questions, and examine your case further to determine the potential for achieving a recovery. You can also request a free case evaluation by filling out our convenient consultation form.
How Common are Traumatic Brain Injuries?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as “a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury.” TBIs occur in people of all ages, from young children to the elderly. According to the CDC, about 2.87 million sought treatment for traumatic brain injuries in 2014. More than 837,000 of TBI sufferers were children.
Further, there were approximately 2.53 million emergency department visits for TBI, 812,00 of which involved children. 288,000 hospitalizations occurred for traumatic brain injuries and 56,800 people died from TBI and related complications. Tragically, 2,529 TBI-related deaths occurred in children. The prevailing age groups for traumatic brain injury are infants to age 4, ages 15 to 24, and those who are 75 or older. The rates of TBI are higher in males than females.
Extent of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Like the range of traumatic brain injury causes, the extent of a traumatic brain injury varies from one person to the next. Traumatic brain injuries can be mild, moderate, or severe. The Centre for Neuro Skills states that the majority of traumatic brain injuries manifest in the form of concussions, accounting for approximately 75% of all TBIs every year. At the other end of the spectrum, almost 1/3 of all injury-related deaths in the United States involve some form of traumatic brain injury.
Depending on the severity of a traumatic brain injury, a person may experience temporary changes in brain function, permanent damage resulting in cognitive or physical impairments, or death. A mild traumatic brain injury may affect brain cells during and immediately after the event, resolving thereafter. Moderate traumatic brain injury can cause bleeding, bruising, tissue damage, and other physical harm to the brain that leads to long-term complications. For example, brain damage and cell death affecting a specific lobe of the brain may cause permanent changes or even inability to perform certain processes related to thinking, feeling, or physical function. The most severe traumatic brain injuries have the potential to cause death on impact or from complications resulting from TBI. You can read more about the various types of traumatic brain injuries here.
The most frightening aspect of TBIs is their ability to occur and persist without detection for days, weeks, or even months after the initial event. For some, symptoms of a brain injury are immediately apparent and indisputable. For others, symptoms begin to arise over time with little notice, raising questions as to their origin. This creates additional challenges for patients and may lead to delayed diagnosis of a TBI.
As a general rule, the greater the extent of a traumatic brain injury, the more catastrophically it affects your physical, emotional, and financial life. In keeping with this, compensation in brain injury lawsuits tends to increase with worsening injuries. This also applies in cases involving children with brain injuries, who may require life-long medical care and be permanently limited in terms of cognition and earning capacity. Learn about how the value of a brain injury claim is determined, and contact an attorney at our firm for more specific information regarding your case.
Contact our NJ Brain Injury Lawyers Today
If you are facing the consequences of traumatic brain injury caused by another person or party, the New Jersey brain injury lawyers at Fronzuto Law Group can assist you. We have extensive successfully recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of the injured in New Jersey and we are here to handle the legal aspects of your case while you focus on your health and your family. Call 973-435-4551 for a free consultation with a brain injury attorney who can further discuss your potential claim. Our representation, like our consultations, comes at no cost to you unless we obtain compensation on your behalf.