Determined NJ Brain Injury Attorneys Assist Victims with Traumatic Head and Neck Injuries
Skilled representation for clients with concussions, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), whiplash, and paralysis
Injuries to the head and neck can be devastating. The range of potential harm, whether from a car accident, a slip and fall, or some other injury scenario, is wide, and there is only so much medical science can do to diagnose and treat trauma to this part of the body. At Brach Eichler, our personal injury lawyers work closely with medical experts to understand the seriousness of these injuries, and to overcome any challenges to recovering appropriate compensation for this type of harm. Our law firm has recovered more than $160 million in compensation for injured clients, including several seven-figure settlements and jury awards for catastrophic injuries. If you or a loved one has sustained a concussion, traumatic brain injury, ligament or disc damage, or spinal cord trauma, you can trust our reliable and determined lawyers to build a compelling case for the full compensation you deserve.
Common head injuries in New Jersey
A head injury can be anything from a bump on the noggin to a traumatic brain injury. Unfortunately, as explained below, the first can rapidly turn into the second without proper care. The four most common causes of head injuries are:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Physical assaults
- Sports-related contact
Head injuries range from superficial to catastrophic depending on the damage to the skull and the brain. When the brain is injured in such a way that brain tissues is actually destroyed, the result is traumatic brain injury (TBI). There are three ways traumatic brain injury occurs:
- Blunt force or concussive force — A blow to the head or an explosive force causes bruising or bleeding of the brain. Trauma occurs at the spot of the blow, called the coup, and on the opposite side of the head, where the brain shifts violently away from the first blow. This is known as a contre-coup injury.
- Penetration — An object penetrates the cranium, destroying brain tissues and causing bleeding.
- Shaking — Violent shaking can cause a coup-contrecoup injury as well as damage from shredding of tissue as the brain moves within the cranium.
Swelling of the brain is also possible, and such swelling within the closed cranium can cause additional tissue destruction. This is why anyone who suffers a head injury causing even momentary unconsciousness should get immediate medical care, even if the injury does not appear overly severe.
The range of severity in TBI cases
As with any injury, TBI falls on a range of mild to severe with symptoms as follows:
- Mild TBI — Physical symptoms can include loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes, confusion and disorientation, headache, nausea and perhaps vomiting, fatigue or drowsiness, speech problems, insomnia or sleeping more than usual, and dizziness or loss of balance. Victims can suffer sensitivity to light, blurry vision, ringing in the ears, and loss of taste or smell. They can have difficulty with memory and comprehension, and suffer from mood swings, anxiety, and mild depression.
- Moderate to severe TBI — Physical symptoms can include loss of consciousness from several minutes to hours, persistent painful headache, repeated vomiting and persistent nausea, convulsions and/or seizures, dilation of one or both pupils, Inability to awaken from sleep, numbness in extremities, loss of coordination and motor skills. Victims can suffer serious cognitive impairments, speech disorders, mood swings, confusion, depression, suicidal thoughts, and uncontrollable emotion.
Victims with mild TBI recover over time, but those with moderate TBI often require a variety of therapies. Victims of severe TBI can be permanently disabled.
Serious neck injuries from personal injury accidents
The neck is a very vulnerable part of the body. In auto accidents, for example, the impact of a crash can cause tremendous torque on the neck, stretching ligaments unnaturally and displacing the discs that cushion the vertebrae. A high-speed crash can deliver enough force to compress or crack vertebrae or even sever the spinal column. The result is often permanent painful and/or disabling injury, such as:
- Soft tissue injury — Also called whiplash because of the back-and-forth motion that inflicts the harm, this type of injury consists of contusions, strains and tears to the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and discs of the neck. Intensive therapy is generally necessary to relieve pain, rebuild strength, and restore range of motion. When the discs are involved, bulges applying pressure on the spinal cord can cause loss of strength and function to the arms, hands, and fingers.
- Quadriplegia — When extensive damage to the spinal cord occurs, a victim can suffer paralysis below the trauma point. A trauma point in the neck can mean paralysis in both arms and legs as well as loss of bodily functions. Quadriplegia is an injury that requires a lifetime of medical and personal care.
Our team works with qualified medical experts to ascertain the full extent and permanency of the harm you’ve suffered. We work tirelessly to build the strongest case possible for the highest possible recovery.
Contact our experienced head and neck injury lawyers in NJ for your injury claim
Your head or neck injury is a serious matter that requires skilled and determined legal representation. The accomplished attorneys at Brach Eichler Personal Injury are prepared to pursue the full compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation with a skilled and aggressive attorney, call us today at 973-364-8300 or contact us online.