Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when the head experiences a sudden, forceful impact. Unfortunately, these impacts often result in brain damage, which may range in severity from mild to severe.
Nearly everyone knows that high-impact sports like football and soccer are a top cause of TBIs. However, brain injuries can occur in other situations, meaning that even those who do not participate in sports like these may also be at risk.
Motor vehicle accidents
Truck, car and pedestrian accidents account for a large percentage of TBI-related deaths, especially in children younger than 14. Both blunt force and penetrating brain injuries are a risk in vehicle accidents and should be taken seriously by the injured.
Slips, trips and falls
Many underestimate the potential severity of hitting the head during a fall, often because brain injury symptoms can take some time to appear. Fall-related brain injuries account for many TBIs, particularly in the very young and the elderly.
Employees can suffer TBIs in many ways. Falls from ladders or roofs often leave construction workers with brain injuries. However, TBIs can happen in other ways including work-related vehicle accidents and falls caused by slippery surfaces or too much debris.
The severity of a TBI can vary depending on factors like impact force, injury location and the individual’s health or age. When they arise due to negligence (drunk driving, dangerous conditions, etc.) or while performing your work duties, you have the right to compensation.
Those harmed by TBI in New Jersey can improve their odds of obtaining the maximum compensation by exploring the state’s accident and injury laws. Legal guidance can also help to ensure you get what you are due after a severe or catastrophic injury.