Skilled Attorneys Seeking Compensation for TBI Victims in Monmouth County and across NJ
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are injuries to the brain that are caused by an external physical calamity or force. These specific injuries can be caused by gunshot wounds, car crashes, slip and fall accidents, sporting accidents, and anything else that includes a severe physical blow to the head.
There are several types of brain injury that can have lasting and severe consequences. Most of these brain injuries come with permanent memory loss, inability to work, vertigo (dizziness), and nausea, among other symptoms. When someone else is responsible for these severe injuries, victims in New Jersey may have the right to recover compensation for the near-term and long-term negative impacts of their brain injury and potential brain damage.
If you or someone you love experienced a TBI or other head trauma in New Jersey, we can help. Our personal injury lawyers have been handling traumatic brain injury claims on behalf of clients in Freehold, Jackson, Red Bank, Lacey, Howell, Holmdel, Toms River, Long Beach Island, and others in the Monmouth and Ocean County area for decades. We provide personalized, professional, and experienced representation and will not back down until you receive the compensation you deserve. Call (732) 303-7857 or complete our contact form for a free review of your potential brain injury claim and discuss how our firm can assist you with pursuing justice.
Brain Injury Classification
Traumatic brain injuries are classified into two categories: open or closed. An open traumatic brain injury is one type of TBI, which happens if an external physical force causes an opening in the head and actually penetrates the skull. Obviously, this can easily lead to severe traumatic brain injury and/or death in some instances. Most of the time, victims of an open traumatic brain injury that are still living will suffer lifelong mental deficiencies and disabilities as a result of the injury.
A closed traumatic brain injury refers to a different type of TBI, which happens if an external physical force causes the brain to shake or move within the skull without the skull being penetrated at all. Usually, this will happen when the victim is violently thrown into an accident of sorts. The incident in which this occurs typically takes the form of a car accident, sporting or exercise accident, and/ or a violent attack. However, closed traumatic brain injuries are much more likely than open traumatic brain injuries and are diagnosed at a much lower rate.
Top Sources of Brain Injuries
The most common causes of traumatic brain injuries are those caused by slip and fall accidents. However, a close second has to be car accidents. Given the speed at which a car travels, the physical force exerted by these vehicles, and other factors, it is easy to see why car accidents must be the leading cause of traumatic brain injury. Another common cause is bus and truck accidents for the same reasons. However, when victims are merely passengers on a bus, they are usually unsecured by a seatbelt and can be easily ejected from their seats depending on the situation.
Motorcycle accidents are another common cause of traumatic brain injury regardless of whether or not the motorcycle driver was wearing a helmet. Being tossed from a motorcycle at a high rate of speed still can cause a closed traumatic brain injury even if they were wearing a helmet. And still another common cause is construction accidents or accidents in the workplace. These may happen despite any safety precautions taken. Defective products may also lead to a traumatic brain injury.
Common Signs that Indicate Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries are typically easy to spot and diagnose. If you are experiencing any severe cognitive deficiency after undergoing trauma to your head, please consult with a doctor immediately because that is a huge indicator of traumatic brain injury. Other signs may include memory loss (mild, moderate, and severe), dizziness, nausea, light sensitivity, etc. These symptoms closely resemble those of a concussion but are usually coupled with cognitive impairment, such as the inability to concentrate.
The Aftermath of a Traumatic Brain Injury
As a result of your traumatic brain injury, you may have difficulty in performing the simple tasks that we all take for granted every day. Putting on your socks, walking, getting dressed, and brushing your teeth can all become a little more difficult for someone who has experienced severe head trauma. Some of the more common difficulties include the inability to concentrate at work, thus rendering you ineffective and ultimately unable to work.
Duty of Care in Brain Injury Cases
It is of the utmost importance to consult with an experienced and skilled attorney regarding these specific injuries. We are all owed a duty of care to act reasonably and exercise due care when it comes to living in society. The duty of care that we owe each other may change in terms of what is expected from us and who we must exercise caution to. For example, if I am driving on the road, I owe all of the other drivers a certain duty of care that includes abiding by all rules and laws of driving. We must be safe and take precautions so as not to hurt anyone else. If this duty is breached, and it leads to a traumatic brain injury, you most certainly are entitled to relief in the form of compensation.
Forms of Compensation in Traumatic Brain Injury Claims
Compensation paid to those suffering from a traumatic brain injury can be used to offset some of the expenses incurred by you as a result of the traumatic brain injury. For example, any and all medical costs can be paid by the compensatory relief you and your attorney are seeking. This includes MRIs, physical therapy, surgeries, rehabilitation, etc. Furthermore, if you are rendered disabled and unable to work, compensation can be obtained in order to offset the incoming years of your life that you will not have an income. Relief can also be sought for pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment for life. You may even be compensated for lost companionship.
Time Window to File a Claim for a TBI in NJ
The statute of limitations for filing a claim against someone for their negligence in causing your traumatic brain injury is typically two years from the date of the injury. Sometimes, though, it may take time for the injury to start showing symptoms and signs. Therefore, some courts can relate back to the date the injury was discovered by the victim.
Contact an Experienced Brain Injury Attorney to Explore Your Options After Sustaining a TBI in New Jersey
Hiring an experienced and dedicated personal injury lawyer is the most important decision you can make for both you and your family when it comes to traumatic brain injury negligence. Our accomplished lawyers have a depth of knowledge and understanding regarding traumatic brain injury lawsuits in New Jersey that we use to our clients’ advantage against property owners, negligent drivers, product manufacturers, and others who cause TBI’s. We can properly discern who is at fault, and the negligence involved, and demonstrate how the guilty party’s negligence will affect the rest of your life as the victim. Most importantly, if we take on your case, we work on a contingency basis, meaning you don’t spend a cent while we do everything in our power to help you get what you are entitled to as a sufferer of someone else’s negligence.
If you or someone close to you suffered a brain injury in Brick, Asbury Park, Manasquan, Point Pleasant, Colts Neck, Neptune, Middletown, Long Branch, Asbury Park, Ocean Township, and neighboring communities, call (732) 303-7857 now to talk to a lawyer free of charge who can explain your rights.