Brain Injuries

doctor looking at a head xrayThe human brain is responsible for our actions, thoughts, beliefs, emotions, perceptions and it is through the brain that we understand our lives and the world we live in. Weighing approximately three pounds, this relatively small organ is the control center of human life, and without it, life cannot exist.

Data from the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services’ New Jersey Commission on Brain Research estimates 12,000 to 15,000 New Jersey residents are currently coping with brain injury which resulted from a traumatic event. These individuals struggle with disabilities and loss of function from car accidents, slip & falls, workplace accidents, assaults or other events, and research shows that a majority of brain injury cases affect those 35-years-old and younger.

If you or a loved one is dealing with brain injury that was caused by the negligent actions or inactions of another individual, you may have a personal injury claim that could provide much needed compensation and justice for your experience.

The law firm of Levinson Axelrod Attorneys at Law has a skilled and compassionate legal team to help guide you through the litigation process, and we will always fight for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation due to the victims of New Jersey brain injuries.

To find out how we can help, simply fill out the “Free Case Evaluation” form on the right side of this page, at the top. It is always 100% FREE and there is never any obligation to continue once the details of your case have been collected by a member of our intake team. Your information will always remain confidential.

Common Causes of Brain Injury

When an injury causes brain cells to deteriorate, damage has taken place. At this point, science has not discovered any ways to regrow or treat those brain cells, meaning that most brain damage is irreversible.

Serious brain damage is referred to as TBI, or Traumatic Brain Injury, and this type of damage is usually caused by an external force, such as a strong blow to the head.

The most common causes of brain injury include:

  • Infection
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Physical abuse
  • Poisoning or exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Slip and falls
  • Sports-related injury
  • Strangulation
  • Workplace accidents
  • …and others.

If the brain is starved of oxygen damage on a cellular level can occur, leading to what is known as acquired brain injury. Auto accidents are the number one cause of brain injury, though in adults aged 65 and older the incidence of brain injury increases dramatically, which is likely the result of more falls.

Signs and Symptoms of Trauma in Brain Injury Victims

Because the brain controls so many levels of conscious and subconscious behavior, the symptoms of injury can present themselves in a number of different ways. These signs might occur on a behavioral or emotional level, a cognitive level, a perceptive  level, or a physical level.

Signs and symptoms of brain injury are summarized here:

Cognitive Symptoms

  • Difficulty explaining thoughts
  • Difficulty processing information
  • Shortened attention span
  • Memory loss
  • Inability to understand abstract concepts
  • Impaired decision-making ability

Physical Symptoms

  • Headaches
  • Slurred speech
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Paralysis
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Seizures or tremors
  • Loss of consciousness

Emotional/ Behavioral Symptoms

  • Severe changes in mood
  • Irritability
  • Impatience
  • Aggression
  • Lessened emotional reaction
  • Heightened emotional reaction
  • Anxiety

Perceptual Symptoms

  • Changes in sensations (hearing, touch, taste)
  • Heightened sensitivity to pain
  • Impaired sense of balance
  • Spatial and time disorientation

Injury to the brain can cause damage in a single region or in a combination of regions, each with their own purpose and function. When even the slightest amount of damage occurs, the behaviors and functionality of the individual who incurred the injury can change, most of the time causing a decrease in ability or perception.

These symptoms may be difficult to identify if the victim is not closely monitored, which is why seeking medical attention immediately following any suspected damage is of paramount importance. Additionally, negligent behavior that results in damage to an individual’s brain— such as employer negligence or an auto accident— should not be ignored and left to happen again.

Our law firm always fights for the rights of our clients to bring them justice and peace of mind.

New Jersey Brain Injury Lawyers

Having represented accident victims of more than 70 years, Levinson Axelrod knows first-hand the devastating effects that brain damage can have on both you and your family. After an accident, it is easy to feel overwhelmed, especially when you do not have anyone fighting on your behalf to protect your rights.

With our years of experience handling nothing other than personal injury matters, we are uniquely qualified to not only handle your case, but to also assist you through what might otherwise be an extremely frightening and frustrating endeavor. We will expertly handle your case, while continuing to keep you informed and advised throughout the litigation process.

Levinson Axelrod Attorneys At Law proudly serves clients from offices in the following New Jersey locations:

  • Belford
  • Edison
  • Flemington,
  • Forked River
  • Hillsborough/ Summerville
  • Howell
  • Jamesburg
  • ...in addition to serving clients in most of the surrounding towns are suburbs.

Contact us today for a free review of your case, and see how our legal team can bring justice and peace of mind to you and your loved ones. Call us nationwide at (800) 34-NJ-LAW or (800) 346-5529.

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