Most residents of New Jersey spend little, if any, time thinking about living with the aftermath of a serious injury. Perhaps one of the most disruptive is a traumatic brain injury. This type of injury can be suffered in a variety of situations including slip and falls, motor vehicle accidents and workplace accidents.
Traumatic brain injuries can be tricky to deal with because one’s outward appearance may look no different and the symptoms do not always immediately appear. It can take up to several months before the injured person or his or her loved ones notice symptoms such as:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Problems with concentration or memory
- Sensitivity to sound and light
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year it is estimated that a total of 2.4 million individuals suffer this type of injury. Interestingly, while anyone could find that they are dealing with this condition, it is more common for men to suffer a traumatic brain injury than a woman. Regardless of who is suffering from the injury it is important that the person suffering from it takes steps to address it. As is the case with all medical conditions the treatment can lead to exorbitant bills.
When a traumatic brain injury is the result of the negligence of another party it may be possible to obtain compensation to help cover those bills. In some cases a personal injury lawsuit might be filed. In situations where the symptoms continue for years in the future, such damages could be particularly helpful.
Source: WMTM, “CDC says more men than women suffer traumatic brain injuries,” March 19, 2014