Head injuries should never be taken lightly. Our brains are exceedingly complex and delicate, and if they become bruised, rattled, or punctured, the resulting damage could be catastrophic and life-changing.
If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) because of the reckless or negligent actions of another party, you should not hesitate to seek fair compensation.
At The Donnelly Law Firm, we know precisely how challenging it can be to deal with the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury. Our firm has decades of experience helping injured individuals throughout New Jersey and beyond, and we’ve recovered more than $140 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients. If you think you have a case, we want to help.
Do I Have Grounds to Pursue a Case?
If your brain injury was caused by someone else’s negligence or mistake, you may have grounds to seek compensation. Depending on how the injury occurred, several different parties could be liable. For example, in a slip and fall case, the property owner may be liable, whereas someone injured in a car accident might hold the other driver liable.
Some of the most common causes of brain injuries include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slip and fall incidents
- Falls from heights
- Physical violence
- Sport-related injuries
The Donnelly Law Firm can work with you to evaluate the circumstances of your accident and determine liability. Not all traumatic brain injuries warrant a legal claim, but in some instances, filing a personal injury claim is the only way to hold the liable party accountable for their carelessness or mistake.
Seeking Compensation for Brain Injury Losses
Dealing with a brain injury can be both traumatizing and painful, which is why many victims of traumatic brain injuries require extensive financial support.
Filing a lawsuit can help you obtain the monetary compensation you need to pay for:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Permanent disability
- Loss of quality of life
- Pain and suffering
In extreme cases, a TBI might leave the victim in a vegetative state, or they might require 24/7 live-in care, ongoing medical appointments, physical therapy, medications, and so on. Victims might also deal with chronic pain, emotional trauma, loss of quality of life, and more.
If you or someone you love suffered a brain injury, make sure you know your legal options by calling a New Jersey brain injury attorney.
Identifying a Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries usually occur after the victim suffers a serious blow to the head. Depending on the severity of the injury, the damage inflicted can vary. However, even mild traumatic brain injuries can result in painful symptoms and cognitive issues, while severe traumatic brain injuries might lead to permanent, life-altering changes.
Common symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include:
- Blurred vision
- Changes in taste and smell
- Difficulty concentrating
- Dizziness and poor balance
- Fluid drains from the nose or ears
- Loss of consciousness
- Persistent or worsening headache
- Slurred speech
- Unexplained mood changes
Depending on the severity of the injury, victims with traumatic brain injuries may exhibit any combination of the above-listed symptoms. If the brain injury was mild, the symptoms may be minimal and temporary, while severe brain injuries may cause intense symptoms that increase or worsen. Because of the delicate nature of the human brain, it is extremely important to seek medical help after any type of head injury, even if the symptoms seem minor.
Different Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can occur through penetration injuries, impact injuries, and severe jolts. In other words, a gunshot wound could penetrate the skull, impacting the brain directly. An impact injury, on the other hand, might be caused by a major blow to the head or a fall.
Jolt injuries usually occur as the result of a major shake or jarring motion, which causes the brain to jolt, hitting the skull, or stretching the nerves and muscles to damage the brain stem and surrounding tissues. Any of these injuries could cause substantial, permanent damage.
Let The Donnelly Law Firm Help You
Our compassionate attorneys at The Donnelly Law Firm are prepared to help you seek justice and compensation after a catastrophic brain injury. The at-fault parties should be held liable for the damages you sustained, especially if the harm was life-altering or permanent.
We can help you determine liability, gather evidence, and build a solid case against the individual or party that caused your brain injury. However complex or challenging your case may seem, our experienced firm is prepared to help ensure your voice is heard.