Brain Injuries Can Cause Long-Lasting Effects
Canadian researchers have found that even one major concussion can have long-term effects, leading to a decline in memory, poorer motor skills, and slower reaction time later in life. Other studies have suggested that brain injuries can lead to the early onset of Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s diseases.
A brain injury caused by external force is called a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or an intracranial injury. Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by car accidents, falls, explosions, or gunshot wounds.
Brain injuries can also be caused by infections or strokes, or when a baby is deprived of oxygen in the womb or during delivery.
Major brain injuries can leave a person in a coma or unable to speak or walk. Even less serious brain injuries can have a severe impact on a person’s ability to hold a job, even once the person has been cleared to return to work. Brain injuries can cause fatigue and make people more prone to anger. People with brain injuries may have trouble learning new skills or tasks or adapting to changing conditions on the job.
Brain injuries can also affect a person’s emotions and relations with family and friends.
The victim of a brain injury may be entitled to compensation. Damages often runs into the millions of dollars, taking into account the seriousness of the injury and the impact on the person’s ability to work and quality of life, as well as past and future medical bills and rehabilitation expenses.
Damages to compensate for the inability to enjoy life as one previously did are called “hedonic damages.” For example, a person who has to give up jogging, cooking, or doing crossword puzzles as a result of a brain injury may be entitled to hedonic damages.
If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury and you want to know if compensation is available, contact the New Jersey Law Offices of Greenberg, Walden & Grossman, LLC.
The Brain Injury Association of New Jersey is holding a Walk for Thought on October 1. The organization’s mission is to support and advocate for people affected by brain injuries and to raise public awareness about the issue.