New Jersey Child Brain Injury Lawyers
Representing Children with Brain Injuries & Concussions throughout NJ
Children suffer from concussions and other traumatic brain injuries all too frequently. In fact, head injuries are one of the most common causes of death and disability affecting children. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries result in an estimated 473,947 ER visits from children under 15 years of age each year. For children who suffer head trauma, a single event can impact their life and yours forever. Although nothing may truly rectify the damage done, successfully recovering financial compensation can help secure your child’s future and assist in providing the best possible care for them.
If your child has suffered a brain injury, seek knowledgeable legal counsel from an experienced New Jersey Child Brain Injury Lawyer at Fronzuto Law Group to discuss your case. Our attorneys frequently represent victims across New Jersey who suffer TBI and other catastrophic injuries as children. In fact, we recovered $14.5 million dollars on behalf of a 12-year-old boy who suffered a brain injury as a result of a product label and product defect associated with an aluminum youth baseball bat. Call (973)-435-4551 for a free consultation. We will thoroughly evaluate your child’s brain injury case free of charge and explain the legal options that may be available to you.
Understanding Childhood Head & Brain Injuries
The terms “head injury” and “traumatic brain injury” are broad, covering a range of injuries affecting the skull, brain, scalp, and related tissues and blood vessels in a child’s head. Head injuries can be mild, including bruises, contusions, cuts, or bumps, or moderate to severe, including concussions, internal bleeding, deep wounds or cuts, fractures to the skull, or even brain damage. In order to qualify as a “brain injury” the injury must result in a temporary or permanent disruption in actual brain function. Some injuries do not meet this criteria and are instead referred to as “head injuries.”
A concussion is a type of head injury that can cause instant loss of alertness, consciousness, or awareness covering a period of a few moments to several hours. In other words, a child may “black out” for a period of time following a concussion. Some concussions can be pronounced and severe, and some can be mild and difficult to detect. A contusion, on the other hand, is essentially a bruise to the brain that can cause swelling or bleeding around the area of the brain where the head was hit. A skull fracture involves a break in the skull bone.
What Causes Head Injuries in Children?
Falls are the leading causes of head injuries in children. Other common causes of concussions or mild to moderate traumatic brain injury in children include playground mishaps and sports injuries. Contact sports like football, hockey, lacrosse, and rugby are even more likely to expose children to head trauma. Children can also suffer head injuries if they fail to wear a helmet during outdoor activities like hockey, skiing or snowboarding, or riding a bike, scooter, or skateboard. Most bicycle accidents occur within five blocks of home, so it can be dangerous to skip wearing a helmet just because a child is not riding far away. Car accidents are another leading cause of head injury in children. It is important for children to wear seatbelts if they are able, and if they are too small for a seatbelt, they should be secured safely in a car or booster seat.
Adolescents are more likely to suffer concussions than other children, and head injuries are twice as common in males than in females. Head injuries occur more often in the spring and summer months than they do in winter or fall, and active children are particularly susceptible to such injuries.
How do I know if my Child has a Brain Injury?
There are many symptoms associated with head injuries in children. It is important as a parent to be aware of the signs and symptoms of concussions and related traumatic brain injuries in children and to seek medical help if you suspect your child may have suffered trauma.
The distinguishing sign of some concussions is a loss of consciousness. Mild head injuries can also manifest in bruises or bumps on the scalp, headaches, irritability, confusion, blurred vision, nausea, memory problems, light sensitivity, and similar symptoms. Moderate head injuries may result in difficulty walking or balancing, slurred speech, seizures or convulsions, marked behavior changes, repeated vomiting and nausea, and possibly losing consciousness. Severe brain injuries may lead to coma or even death.
Can I Obtain Damages for a Child’s Brain Injury?
Treating a childhood brain injury can be costly. In the worst cases, you may face medical bills for rehabilitation and therapy for the remainder of your child’s life. If the negligent acts of another person, product manufacturer, business owner, doctor or medical team caused your child’s brain injury, you may have a legal claim against these parties. Obtaining compensation can help pay for your child’s medical care and other financial costs associated with their condition.
The damages available for childhood brain injuries caused by others cover a variety of financial, emotional, and physical costs. Some of these include: medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, costs associated with physical, speech, and/or occupational therapy required as a result of brain injury, compensation for time lost from work or for diminished capacity to earn income over the course of your career or your loved one’s career, and similar financial injury. You can also recover damages for the pain and suffering associated with a child’s head injury. Finally, you may even be entitled to recover “punitive damages” in rare cases that involve willful or wanton and egregious misconduct on the part of those responsible.
Contact NJ Childhood Head Injury Attorneys for Answers
Your child deserves to have the best possible life and if they suffered harm, it is natural to want to help. If someone else was responsible for your child’s brain injury, a successful personal injury or pediatric malpractice claim can change your lives for the better. Compensation from a claim can provide essential financial assistance to your family when facing the seemingly endless medical bills and other expenses associated with your child’s injuries.
If your child suffered a head injury in New Jersey and you suspect that a product manufacturer, person, organization, or other party may have contributed, contact our offices in Passaic County at 973-435-4551 to discuss your specific situation and learn more about your legal options. We are happy to assist you and always provide consultations free of charge.
The Management of Traumatic Brain Injury in Children: Opportunities for Action, CDC Report to Congress