When a person is involved in a motor vehicle accident, his or her life can change in an instant. This is especially true when the victim sustains serious injuries such as brain damage. After sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it can be hard to envision an end to the long road to recovery. Often that recovery can be limited and may leave the injured person with significant deficits, potentially unemployable and permanently disabled. However, monetary compensation from the responsible parties can ease the burden of the financial strain imposed secondary to required medical care and lost income.
Common Causes of Vehicle Accidents
Each year in the United States, almost 7 million accidents occur. Most are minor, but some result in permanent injuries. According various statistics, some of the most common causes of car accidents include:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driver inattentiveness
- Speeding and failure to obey traffic laws
- Text messaging
- Inexperienced or untrained drivers
The Cost of a Brain Injury
Brain injuries can be extremely severe; often with limited recovery. When the brain is damaged, common manifestations include: memory loss and other cognitive impairment, loss of mobility (possibly paralysis), and, neurological abnormalities which may affect sight, hearing, speech etc. These types of conditions often require protracted periods of medical treatment and therapy which can run into hundreds of thousands of dollars in cost. In addition, TBIs often require surgical intervention. The costs of that surgical treatment and associated costs for anesthesia and hospital care can be oppressive.
Entitlement to Compensation
As an accident victim, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries and associated losses including:
- Past and future medical costs
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering which may also include psychological issues
If a motor vehicle accident caused you or a loved one to sustain brain damage or a traumatic brain injury, the New Jersey car accident attorneys at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari can assist you to determine and pursue which if any claims may be made. Contact our law firm at (973) 635-5400 for additional information.