Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
A New Jersey attorney committed to recovering compensation
A head injury is one of the most serious injuries people suffer in car accidents. There is always the possibility of damage to the brain, which can have a lifelong impact on victims. If a negligent driver caused an accident that left you with a concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI), it’s important to have experienced legal representation.
New Jersey car accident attorney David Leigh of The Leigh Law Firm, P.C. fights for the injured in Millburn and throughout Essex and Union counties. He knows that medical expenses for TBI can add up very quickly. He builds strong cases and fights the insurance companies to help you recover the financial compensation you deserve.
We understand the high cost of traumatic brain injuries
A brain injury can happen in any type of crash, including rear-end accidents, T-bone crashes, and head-on collisions. During the crash, the head can strike the steering wheel, windshield, dashboard, or another part of the car.
Another way that brain injuries can occur is during a high-speed collision. The force of impact causes the head to whip violently backward and forward. This causes the brain to crash into the inside of the skull, resulting in bruising (contusion) or bleeding (hemorrhage). There are also penetrating brain injuries in which an object breaks the skull, causing damage to the brain.
A concussion is sometimes referred to as a mild TBI, but there is no such thing as a minor brain injury. Concussions can result in pain, headaches, blurry vision, ringing in the ears, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue. A person with a concussion may seem to be in a fog and experience dizziness.
A person with moderate to more severe TBI may have many of the same symptoms as mild TBI. There is a loss of consciousness lasting anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. Headache may be persistent. A person with moderate TBI may have profound confusion, appear agitated, or have slurred speech. Other symptoms may include weakness or numbness in the extremities, convulsions or seizures, and problems with memory or concentration.
Getting the correct diagnosis and treatment is important
It’s important for people who may have suffered a head injury to get medical attention as soon as possible. A doctor will conduct an examination and review information about the accident, such as how long the person was unconscious. CT scans or MRIs may be ordered. A doctor may also use tests such as the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), a 15-point test that can help medical professionals assess the severity of a brain injury.
Treatment for mild TBI may involve pain medication and rest. If a TBI is moderate or severe, different medications may also be prescribed. In severe cases, surgery may be needed to prevent additional damage to brain tissue.
Medical expenses can add up quickly after suffering a TBI. And if you can’t work because of your injury, this can lead to financial stress. How will you pay your medical bills? If a negligent driver caused the accident that left you injured, you shouldn’t have to pay.
Dealing with the insurance company after a brain injury is difficult
But recovering financial compensation can be complicated. Negligent drivers often deny doing anything wrong, even if they were texting behind the wheel, speeding, or being reckless on the road. They may even try to blame you for what happened.
Then there are the insurance companies. If it seems like they aren’t really on your side, that’s because they’re not. Their main goal is to limit your compensation so they can save money. They may question the seriousness of your TBI or offer you a settlement that falls far short of covering your actual damages.
We hold negligent drivers accountable
Attorney Leigh knows all these tactics. He used to represent insurance companies and knows that they have an advantage when handling claims. Now he fights for the injured and is dedicated to making a difference by helping clients recover the financial compensation they deserve.
We take nothing for granted. Our firm investigates your crash for evidence that the other driver was negligent. Attorney Leigh carefully reviews accident reports and other documentation, and interviews witnesses. If needed, he consults accident reconstruction experts and other specialists.
He deals with insurance companies directly on your behalf and will work to negotiate a settlement that meets your needs. This includes compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to treating your TBI, as well as other damages such as lost wages and pain and suffering. And if a settlement can’t be reached, he will be ready to fight for you in court.
Attorney Leigh is ready to guide you through the legal process every step of the way. Start by contacting us to schedule a free consultation. Learn about your legal options for recovering financial compensation and get answers to your questions. There’s no cost and no obligation.