Traumatic Brain Injuries Caused by Car Accidents

Traumatic Brain Injuries From Car Accidents Attorney Morris County NJ

Auto Accident and Brain Injury Attorney Serving Clients Across Morris and Sussex County with Offices in Morristown and Newton NJ

Traumatic Brain Injuries From Car Accidents Attorney Morris County NJAccording to Science Daily and a CDC report, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) account for roughly 30 percent of all injury deaths in the United States. Motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths related to traumatic brain injury among people aged 15 to 34. Between 2006 to 2014, the number of people seeking treatment for TBI and TBI-related deaths increased by 53%. Those who survive a TBI can face effects that last a few days or the rest of their lives. Early diagnosis and treatment are one of the most important ways to prevent many impairments or death.

Despite there not being as much research conducted into the link between car crashes and TBI, as compared to football players and military personnel, in general, the process of healing from a brain injury can take a very long time, if recovery is even possible. Brain injuries can affect the victims’ physical, cognitive, and even emotional health. If you or a loved one has suffered an accident leading to a brain injury, you and your family may be entitled to financial compensation to cover damages including medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, rehabilitation, and much more.

I Have No Visible Wounds. How Do I Know if I Have a Brain Injury?

The physical symptoms of brain injury (i.e. headache, nausea, fatigue, loss of consciousness, trouble with sleep, coordination issues, dizziness, seizures, etc) vary and can take minutes, hours, days, or even weeks to manifest.

Open head wounds may be an obvious sign of a head injury, but the skull doesn’t need to have been penetrated or fractured for a traumatic brain injury (TBI) to occur.  In car accidents, the sheer force of the accident can cause the brain to collide against the internal surface area and bone of the skull. When a moving head quickly stops, the brain and your head continue its forward movement, striking the skull’s interior. The result is often bruising of the brain (i.e., a contusion) and bleeding (i.e., hemorrhaging), two types of injuries often invisible and undetectable at the scene of the accident, or at the time of injury.

Important Steps to Take After a Sussex County Motor Vehicle Accident

In the immediate aftermath of an accident always seek medical attention. Even if you feel fine, you may have sustained an injury which has yet to present symptoms. Waiting to visit a doctor can negatively impact a future personal injury. A doctor will be able to determine your injuries through an examination. This will ensure a brain injury diagnosis as soon as possible so you can receive the proper medical treatment you need. A diagnosis from your doctor will also link your injury to your accident. Your physician will rule out any previous conditions as to the cause of your TBI and attribute it to the actual accident and not something other than the car accident.

Brain injuries can be life-altering, and your condition may lead to permanent disability – preventing you from ever returning to work. Even in cases where TBI victims are able to return to work, permanent brain damage can significantly impact their lives. Fortunately New Jersey Civil Courts recognize these damages and frequently award higher payouts for victims of catastrophic injuries.

File An Accident Claim With Your Insurer

Always notify your insurance company as soon as possible after an accident to protect your rights to collect benefits. You do not have to discuss the details of the accident with your own insurance company before you talk to an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer. You should not talk to a representative of any other insurance company before you talk to an independent attorney. You should not sign any paperwork, releases or settlement agreements before you consult a lawyer.

Newton Accident Attorney Recovers Compensation for Traumatic Brain Injuries

Newton Traumatic Brain Injury Accident Attorney Recovers CompensationTo recover full and fair compensation for your injuries, our Newton attorney will need to prove that you were involved in an accident, your accident was directly caused by the negligence or recklessness of another party, and that your injuries were the direct result of the accident in question.

Medical expenses can exceed expectations due to the numerous essentials tests for diagnosing the amount of brain damage the victim suffered. The severity of the situation may require a skull, neck, and spinal x-rays along with an MRI or CT scan. Once someone is diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, they will require substantial therapy and treatment to help with his recovery, if recovery is possible.

Morris and Sussex County Attorney Handles Motor Vehicle Accident and TBI Cases

It is important to remember that once your personal injury settlement is final, there is no second chance to recover damages for a lifetime of medical bills, missed work, and other damages. Before signing any paperwork or agreeing to a lump sum settlement from an insurance provider, speak to our experienced Newton attorney to understand your legal standing.

Brain injury cases can be very complex, so don´t take any chances and consult with a traumatic brain injury attorney before pursuing your TBI lawsuit.  These types of cases require both legal and medical expertise.

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, call an experienced injury lawyer at The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff at (973) 520-052 or submit an online form.

Morris County Personal Injury Attorney Helps Maximize Your Settlement

Serving Accident victims across Hopatcong, Denville, Netcong, East Hanover, Florham Park, Morris County and Sussex County

New Jersey, as the most densely populated state in the country, traffic congestion and car accidents are seemingly unavoidable based on the statistics. Whether it’s people who tailgate, change lanes without turn signals, or ignore the speed limit, the likelihood of being in a motor vehicle accident is more often a matter of “when” not “if”, in the Garden State. Awareness about what to do in the event of an accident is key to protect the integrity of your claim and maximize the possible settlement amount that you or a loved one may be entitled to, including being made whole for lost income, medical expenses, pain and suffering and any personal injuries.

New Jersey vehicle accident laws can be complex, and dealing with insurance companies can be overwhelming. There are countless intricacies in the law and even more circumstances where the accident or injury becomes a financial road block in your life. You may be hospitalized or unable to go back to work. Worse yet, you may still be in pain or experiencing moments of discomfort that make work and home-life unbearable. Some serious injuries have long-term or permanent effects, including pain, scarring, limited range of motion, or more severe disability. Having someone who can to protect your rights after a car accident, and help you secure your claim is critical.

At The Law Office of Michael P. Burakoff, we have extensive experience helping the victims, and their families, recover financial compensation through personal injury and wrongful death claims in towns across New Jersey, Morris County, and Sussex County, including Netcong, Dover, Denville, Roxbury, Parsippany, Hopatcong, Florham Park, East Hanover, Morristown, Morris Plains, Mt. Olive, and more.

Please, call our Morristown or Newton office today to discuss your unique needs, concerns, and situation regarding any kind of car accident injury with our legal team in a free and confidential consultation.

Personal Injury Checklist from Your Sussex County Accident Lawyer

File a Police Report

Have the police document the scene (e.g., road conditions and location details) and interview the drivers of the accident vehicles, passengers or witnesses. If for some reason the police fail to show, go to the station within 24 hours of the accident to file the report in person.

Document the Scene/Preserve the Evidence

Use your mobile phone to photograph the vehicles, the accident scene and property damage, weather conditions, skid marks, and injuries to yourself or passengers.

Exchange Information with the Other Driver

Name, address, phone number, driver’s license information, car registration, auto insurance, and license plate.

Do NOT Admit Fault for the Accident

Accepting responsibility prior to an accident report or an investigation could make processing your claim challenging. Surveillance footage, the police report, eye-witness statements, and photographic documentation of the accident scene, vehicles and surrounding area may better be able to identify the party at fault.

Strengthen Your Medical Records

Seek medical attention within 72 hours of the accident. Medical records are vital evidence in supporting your accident-related injuries. Seeking treatment immediately following an accident allows a medical professional to diagnose your injuries, link them to the accident, and prescribe the appropriate treatment. Delaying medical care from a doctor or chiropractor could cause insurance companies to doubt the seriousness of your injuries.

Do NOT Sign a Medical Authorization Release without your lawyer´s approval

This document allows an insurance company to access your medical history and in doing so, they might reduce or deny your claim due what they consider pre-existing injuries.

Document the Severity of Your Injuries

Severity of personal injuries can impact the value of one´s compensation significantly. Keeping a diary of all of your complaints and limitations on your physical activities will better demonstrate how the injuries have impacted daily life and whether the effects are temporary or permanent. Keep receipts of all prescriptions and medicines taken, as well as other purchases (e.g., wheel chair, canes, crutches, neck braces, etc). Common injuries resulting in lifelong pain and suffering, and frequently additional medical care include:

  • Brain injuries
  • Leg and arm injuries
  • Burns
  • Head, spinal cord, and neck injuries
  • Disfigurement, loss of limbs, or serious scarring
  • Loss of an unborn child

Limit Social Media Exposure

Insurance companies often hire private investigators to surveil those claiming severe medical injuries, so leading a very active and athletic social life on Instagram or Facebook would be counterproductive to one´s case.

Do NOT Be an Eager Beaver

It may takes months to settle a claim, but if you get an insufficient settlement offer, appropriate documentation should support your demand for fair compensation. It often takes a longer period of time for serious injuries to become evident or for treatment or surgery to provide the maximum benefit to the injured party. So never settle your claim before you need to.

Contact A Morristown Personal Injury Compensation Attorney Today

At The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, our legal team has more than 35 years of experience helping clients to recover the compensation they need and deserve for car accident injuries in towns across New Jersey, Morris County, and Sussex County, including Parsippany, Newton, Dover, Netcong, Hopatcong, East Hanover, Denville, Mt. Olive, Morristown, and more.

Our firm is unique among personal injury law firms in that we focus on working closely not only with our clients, but their families as well. Attorney Michael Burakoff understands just how difficult it can be for families to undergo the stress and hardship that a serious injury can cause, and as such believes in taking every legal step necessary to protect injury victims’ rights, obtain compensation for economic injuries, and help their entire family to recover from the tragedy of a serious car accident.

To speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding any kind of car accident injury or wrongful death, your options for making a successful personal injury claim and recovery, and how exactly we can help you to do so, please contact us online, or through either our Morristown or Newton office at (973) 520-0525.

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