According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), everyone is at risk for a traumatic brain injury, especially children and older adults.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
It results from external mechanical force that’s powerful enough to cause brain dysfunction. The CDC estimates approximately 1.7 million people in the U.S. suffer from a TBI each year resulting in 275,000 hospitalizations, 52,000 deaths, and $60 billion in costs. Falls are the number one cause of brain-related emergency room visits and hospitalizations, and motor vehicle accidents are the main cause of TBI related deaths.
Some symptoms appear immediately after the traumatic event while others may not appear for days or even weeks. Depending on the severity, they may include:
- Sleeping longer than usual
- Difficulty sleeping
- Feeling depressed or anxious
- Loss of balance
- Weakness or numbness in fingers or toes
- Convulsions or seizures
- Mood changes or swings
- Persistent headaches or ones that worsen
If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury due to another person’s carelessness or recklessness, you may have the grounds to file a personal injury claim. Here are some examples:
Slip-and-falls – If you have fallen on someone’s property because the owner failed to keep the property reasonably safe and didn’t a post warning, you could have a case against the owner.
Defective Products – Unfortunately, a product may have a defective design, and if you sustain a TBI from such a product, it’s possible to receive a settlement from the manufacturer.
Motor Vehicle Accidents – Bicyclists and pedestrians who are struck by a motor vehicle often suffer a TBI. Those riding in cars can also suffer a TBI during an accident.
Traumatic brain injuries can lead to years of therapy or lifetime care. If you have suffered such an injury, please contact us. As New Jersey personal injury lawyers, we’ll look into your case and work hard on your behalf if you have a claim.