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Teen Hit by Car Suffers Brain Injury


Pedestrian accidents can result in some of the worst injuries. Getting hit by a car is no minor event. For a New Jersey teen, it resulted in a brain injury.

The 14-year-old old, from Rockaway, is in critical condition after he was hit by a pickup truck on the evening of February 22. He suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of the crash and has a long recovery ahead.

The accident happened when the boy and a 15-year-old girl were trying to cross Route 46, near the Shoprite complex entrance, when they were hit by a pickup truck that was heading west. The driver of the pickup, a 21-year-old man from Wantage, remained at the accident scene. He does not face any criminal charges at this time.

The boy, a freshman and football player at Morris Hills High School, was taken to Morristown Medical Center with serious injuries. He is in critical condition, with doctors closely monitoring the swelling in his brain. The girl, also from Rockaway, was taken to Dover St. Clare’s Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

A family friend of the boy is helping raise money for his hospital bills. She created a GoFundMe page, which has raised more than $30,000 so far. On the page, it says that the teen has made some progress. His MRI came back with positive results and he is now breathing on his own. Still, he has a long way to go before he can be considered fully recovered.

Effects of Brain Injuries

Moderate to severe brain injuries can affect the body in many ways. After a brain injury, a person may experience issues with thinking, learning, motor skills, hearing, vision, mood, and behavior. Anxiety and depression are common, as are memory problems and trouble with balance and coordination.

The long-term effects of brain injuries are significant. Their average life expectancy is roughly nine years shorter. This is especially true for the elderly, men, and those who are unmarried. In addition, they are much more likely to die from seizures, infections, pneumonia, and drug poisoning.

In the five years following a traumatic brain injury, many become severely disabled. They may rely on others for daily activities, with some living in nursing homes. They may have to return to the hospital and have follow-up surgeries or treatment. They may be dissatisfied with life and have problems with alcohol or drugs.

Contact a New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer Today

As seen in this case, car accidents can cause catastrophic injuries. The teen is making progress and getting better, but still has a long road to recovery.

A Morristown car accidents attorney from The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff can help you get full and fair compensation for your injuries and other damages. We understand how difficult it can be for families to undergo the stress and hardship that a serious injury can cause. Call (973) 455-156 or fill out the online form to schedule a free consultation.



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