Experienced Car Accident and Injury Attorneys for Traumatic Brain Injuries in New Jersey
Every year, approximately 12,000 New Jersey residents suffer brain injuries that result in hospitalization or death. Brain injuries are often not immediately apparent as many are caused by seemingly minor accidents. However, even non-fatal brain injuries can be very serious and can result in permanent disability, mental impairment, and significant behavioral changes. Brain injuries have also been linked to epilepsy and can increase the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other neurological disorders.
Traumatic brain injury is caused by a blow or jolt to the head and can result from a wide variety of situations, including:
Seemingly minor falls: Falls are, in fact, the leading cause of brain injury, especially among older adults and children; slippery floors, stairways, ladders, balconies, walkways and bathrooms all represent common slip and fall hazards that may result in serious brain injury. Property owners have a duty to maintain their premises in a safe condition and promptly clean up any spills or fix any defects that could cause a slip, trip or fall.
Traffic accidents: Striking the steering wheel, rearview mirror or windshield in an accident is often a cause of brain injury; in some cases, just the mere force of the accident may result in bruising of the brain or bleeding in the brain. Where a negligent driver has caused a serious injury like traumatic brain injury (TBI), it is often possible to sue the driver for pain and suffering and other damages over and above the typical PIP coverage limits.
Sports: High-impact sports such as hockey, football, and boxing as well as cycling and other extreme sports including skateboarding, snowboarding and mountain biking have also been linked to brain injury, especially in children. Whether the sponsor of a sporting activity may be held liable for an injury depends upon many factors, such as the supervision and protection provided and whether the participant appreciated the nature of the risk based on skill level and experience.
Reduce the Chance of a Head Injury
There are many ways to help reduce the chances of sustaining a brain injury, including:
- Installing handrails near bathtubs and showers;
- Removing small area rugs and securing other rugs to the floor;
- Allowing children to play only in areas that have shock-absorbing ground cover; and
- Wearing appropriate safety equipment when playing sports, skating, skiing, snowboarding, or riding skateboards, bicycles, motorcycles, snowmobiles and ATVs.
Call the Experienced Attorneys of De Frank, McCluskey & Kopp for Help with Traumatic Brain Injury
Brain injuries can have a life-altering impact both for those who suffer from the injury and also for their families. If you or a loved one has suffered a head injury, you may be entitled to compensation under the law. Because some symptoms of brain injury may not become apparent for years, it is critical to consult early with an experienced lawyer following a serious head trauma. The experienced attorneys at De Frank, McCluskey & Kopp will work closely with your medical team to understand the extent of your physical and emotional injuries and will help you to identify and recover the maximum compensation that you are entitled to. Contact De Frank, McCluskey & Kopp today for a free consultation.