Brain Injury Lawyer Trenton, NJ

Brain Injury Lawyer Trenton, NJ

One of the most dangerous injuries a person can suffer

Brain Injury Lawyer Trenton, NJ

One of the most catastrophic injuries a person can suffer is a brain injury.  While our brains are surrounded by a protective bony shell – the skull, the brain is still vulnerable to injuries. In fact, studies reveal that there are more than 5 million people in the United States alone who are living with some kind of permanent traumatic brain injury (TBI). These people are often disabled in some way by their injury and require special assistance. Unfortunately, many of these injuries are preventable.  The vast majority of these serious brain injuries occur in some form of traumatic accident, such as motor vehicle collisions or falls.  While some injuries are unavoidable, where they were caused by the negligence, wrongdoing, or carelessness of another person or entity a Trenton, NJ brain injury lawyer can help.  If this has happened to you or a family member in Trenton NJ, please call to schedule an appointment wiht a traumatic brain injury lawyer from Davis & Brusca, LLC.

At Davis & Brusca, LLC, our Trenton, New Jersey brain injury lawyers have helped many accident victims with brain injuries obtain financial compensation .  We are here to help.  Contact our office today for a free and confidential case evaluation.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

A Traumatic Brain Injury or “TBI” refers to damage to the brain caused by any form of trauma.  This can occur with or without direct impact to the head, as the brain can be caused to hit the interior of the skull and sustain injury even if the head itself does not strike anything.  How?  The brain actually “floats” in a layer of fluid called cerebral spinal fluid.  As such, it can bank into the front, back or sides of the skull not unlike how an ice cube can strike the edges of a glass when the glass is jostled.  TBI injuries can also occur when an object punctures the skull and penetrates the brain. In these situations, the TBI is typically not the only injury and is usually accompanied by some degree of damage, fractures, lacerations, and spinal injury.

A victim of a TBI will almost always have to undergo physical therapy and rehabilitation. Other forms of therapy to help with emotional and psychological impacts might also be required. Home modifications, custom devices, and advanced medical equipment may be necessary in order to allow the victim to maneuver through their home and function in their day-to-day life. The cost of this treatment can be enormous — potentially even millions of dollars over the individual’s lifespan. Whether or not a victim gains access to these resources often depends on their ability to recover compensation from the negligent party. This is why it is so important to hire a knowledgeable lawyer, such as Davis & Brusca, the brain injury lawyers Trenton, NJ trusts.

The Consequences of a TBI

A traumatic brain injury can affect the entire life of a victim. A TBI can be classified as mild, moderate or severe, and may have impacts with are temporary or permanent. Some of the consequences may include:

  • Impaired short term memory
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Impaired judgment, decision making skills, and planning skills
  • Slowed thinking
  • Personality changes
  • Mood disturbances
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Loss of confidence
  • Apathy
  • Paralysis
  • Diminished balance and strength
  • Sight, hearing, or speech problems
  • Seizures
  • Headaches

At Davis & Brusca, our brain injury lawyers seek the maximum compensation for all of the injuries our clients and their families have sustained, and take into account their long term prognosis and treatment needs when doing so. Successfully accomplishing this important task requires a full assessment of many factors, including:

  • The victim’s abilities prior to the TBI.
  • All physical, psychological, and emotional injuries
  • The liable party’s ability to pay for the victim’s functional deficits

In general, a New Jersey traumatic brain injury lawyer will seek compensation for both the initial losses of the accident and any prospective future losses.

What are the different classifications of brain injuries?

The New Jersey brain injury lawyers in Trenton, NJ at Davis & Brusca knows that brain injuries often cause damage to the neural pathways, thus disrupting the way the brain functions. These are often assigned varying grades of severity, such as:

  • Mild brain injury: The term mild brain injury typically refers to one which limits, but does not prevent, the victim from engaging in normal activities.  These injuries can be incurred even if there was no no loss of consciousness (or a very brief one) and even without a head strike. The victim may or may not experience some degree of confusion or otherwise appear dazed at the time the injury is sustained.  The person may appear physically normal, or may suffer the effects in silence.  And it may take time for the victim to fully appreciate the degree or severity of their limitations.  Some of the symptoms include depression, fatigue, headache, irritability, memory issues, and sleep issues may arise. These symptoms can last a few days or there can be long-term issues. Sometimes these injuries are permanent.
  • Moderate brain injury: With this grade of brain injury, the victim usually does have a loss of consciousness, typically lasting a few minutes to a few hours. Many victims suffer from confusion which can affect them for day or weeks following the accidents. The cognitive, behavioral, and physical effects the injury causes often last for months and are frequently permanent.
  • Severe brain injury: A victim with a severe brain injury is often unconscious for days or weeks after the injury occurs. Although they may make some recovery from their injury, most victims of severe brain injuries will suffer significant and permanent side effects.

Types of Brain Injuries and How They Are Treated

Concussions are one of the most frequently suffered brain injury. Unfortunately, symptoms of concussions do not always present themselves immediately following the accident.  Hours or even days may pass before the victim realizes or fully appreciates that something is wrong, particularly if they are also suffering from other physical injury. This delay in diagnosis and treatment can put the victim at a high risk for serious to severe complications caused by the concussion. This is why the Trenton ,NJ brain injury attorneys at Davis & Brusca stress that accident victims seek immediate medical treatment when they have been in an accident, irrespective of whether there has been some form of blow to their head.

The type of treatment a brain injury victim needs will depend on the severity of the injury suffered and the nature and type of symptoms they are experiencing. When the injury is deemed a minor one,treatment usually involves  plenty of rest and monitoring to make sure there are no changes or worsening of symptoms.  Depending on the symptoms, some form of cognitive therapy may be recommended.

When a brain injury is more severe, the victim likely faces a more long-term treatment plan.  Failure to follow that plan may cause the outcome to be worse. Examples of the types of treatments which may be offered include:

  1. Emergency Treatment: The emergency room personnel will focus on keeping the victim’s blood pressure from crashing, monitoring their oxygen and blood supply, and verifying whether or not there are other injuries.  Assessments by specialists, including neurosurgery, may be called.
  2. Medication: Many victims will be treated with anti-seizure medications, coma-inducing drugs, diuretics, or other prescribed medications.
  3. Surgery: Depending on the extent of the injury and arising complications, the victim may need surgery such as to repair skull fractures, stop bleeding in the brain, remove blood clots, or relieve pressure in the skull.
  4. Rehabilitation: The long-term effects of serious brain injuries require the victim to work with occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, vocational counselors, and psychologists or psychiatrists.

What are some of the symptoms of a brain injury?

Symptoms of a brain injury can be difficult to recognize. It is not uncommon for the victim (or their family) to think the issues they are experiencing are being caused by something else, especially since these symptoms are often very subtle and can vary from person to person.  Brain injury symptoms can also take days or weeks to show up.  In some cases, the victim may not appreciate the existence of symptoms of brain injury until months after the accident. However, if you or a loved one have sustained an accident, with or without a blow to the head, be on the lookout for the following common signs of an injury to the brain.  Where they exist, the victim should be checked out promptly by a medical professional:

  •      Person is distracted easily.
  •      Person is easily confused.
  •      Develops an unusual sensitivity to light.
  •      Develops an unusual sensitivity to sound.
  •      Experiences extreme changes in moods.
  •      Has a hard time concentrating, making decisions, or remembering things.
  •      Has a hard time forming thoughts, reading, or speaking.
  •      Has trouble with blurred vision.
  •      Has trouble with ringing in the ears.

Are there long-term effects of a brain injury?

There are all different types of brain injuries, from mild to severe, which can result in both long-term and short-term side effects. Some effects can last the rest of the victim’s life. The more severe the injury, the higher the risk is of permanent damage from the brain injury. Some of the most frequent side effects that our brain injury lawyers in Trenton, NJ see in their clients include:

  •    Chronic headaches
  •    Epilepsy
  •    Issues with motor function
  •    Memory loss
  •    Parkinson’s disease
  •    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  •    Seizures

How do I prove I have a brain injury?

Unlike many other types of accident injuries which are visible, a brain injury is not always apparent. In fact, many victims do not even begin having symptoms of a brain injury until hours or days after the accident. A brain injury lawyer in Trenton, NJ uses different medical records to prove a brain injury, including doctors’ notes, CAT scans, MRIs, and PET scans. Having medical documentation is critical to proving an injury and is why it is so important for an accident victim to seek medical help immediately following the incident.

Taking Legal Action for a Traumatic Brain Injury in Trenton, NJ

Life after a TBI can be very difficult, especially when the individual’s earning capacity has been limited or destroyed. Many victims and family members don’t realize the challenges ahead, but a good brain injury lawyer should. The lawyers at Davis & Brusca, LLC understand the full impact of a TBI and we know how to fight through defenses that the responsible party (or their legal team) may use. Rest assured, we do everything to make the legal process as smooth as possible, thereby making life a bit easier for our clients and their families.

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