New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury ("TBI") is a complex injury with a broad spectrum of symptoms and disabilities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 1.5 million people every year who suffer from a traumatic brain injury. Unfortunately, 50,000 people die from traumatic brain injury each year and 85,000 people suffer long term disabilities. More than 5.3 million people live with disabilities caused by traumatic brain injury.
Traumatic brain injuries are generally divided into two categories: mild and severe. A brain injury can be classified as mild if loss of consciousness and/or confusion and disorientation is shorter than 30 minutes. Many times, MRI and CAT scans come back normal with mild brain injuries. However, the accident victim continues to have health issues like headache, memory difficulty, attention deficits, depression, mood swings and frustration. Although it is classified a “mild” brain injury, the effect on the family and the accident victim can be overwhelming.
Severe brain injury is associated with loss of consciousness for more than 30 minutes and memory loss after the injury or penetrating skull injury longer than 24 hours. A severe brain injury can lead to very high levels of cognitive difficulty and coma. Accident victims that sustain a severe brain injury usually have a major detrimental life impact that requires help with any daily task.
What are the Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury?
There are many causes of traumatic brain injury. The top three causes are: car accident, firearms and falls. Along with a traumatic brain injury, persons are also susceptible to spinal cord injuries which is another type of traumatic injury that can result out of vehicle crashes, firearms and falls.
There is no cure for many traumatic brain injuries. Therefore, medical bills and life-care planning become a major concern. In these situations, it is important to consult with a New Jersey traumatic brain injury lawyer. Many times, there are additional insurance benefits available to an accident victim. For instance, there are “step-up” provisions in certain automobile insurance policies that increase the amount of Personal Injury Protection benefits from the amount stated on the declaration page to $250,000.00. There are also sometimes benefits available for income continuation loss on certain automobile policies.
The Sloan Law Firm handles traumatic brain injury cases arising out of Union County, Middlesex County, Morris County, Somerset County, Essex County, Bergen County, Monmouth County and throughout New Jersey. Super Lawyers rates the best lawyers in New Jersey. Attorney Daniel Sloan has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers. If you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury and would like a free consultation to discuss the matter, you can reach the Sloan Law Firm at (908) 358-2938.
The firm serves clients in Cranford, Westfield, Roselle, Elizabeth, Toms River, New Brunswick, Scotch Plains, Plainfield, Old Bridge, Edison, Jersey City, Woodbridge, Keyport, Belleville, Bloomfield, Lyndhurst, Perth Amboy, Passaic, Brick, Wayne, Lakewood, Irvington, Morristown, East Orange, Freehold, Paterson, Newark, Clifton and throughout New Jersey.