Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

Child Brain Injuries: Insurers' Efforts to Identify Pre-existing Conditions

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, May 18, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

When you seek injury compensation after your child has been in an accident in which they suffered a traumatic brain injury, one of the critical facts that you and your attorney must prove is that your child's injuries were caused by the accident. This may seem like a simple notion at first glance, but insurance companies will demand copies of your child's medical records to see if they can find any past issues or conditions that hey might be able to convince a jury were the “real” cause of your child's symptoms. Your child's school records will also be fair game, as the insurance adjuster searches for any previous academic struggles that might enable them to argue that your child's current difficulties are not the result of cognitive impairment due to traumatic brain injury. It's vital to the success of your claim (and therefore your ability to get your child proper treatment for their injuries) that you have an experienced child injury attorney working on your case. Your attorney should have the resources, connections, and experience to mount a proper counter-argument to the insurance company's cries of “pre-existing conditions.”

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Topics: Brain Injury, Injuries to Children, concussion, traumatic brain injury

Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms in Children

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, May 11, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

When your child has been injured in an accident, it's critical for your child's injuries to be properly recognized and diagnosed in order for him or her to receive the necessary treatment. Unfortunately, traumatic brain injury symptoms often go overlooked or are incorrectly attributed to other injuries or the trauma of being the victim of an accident. Since traumatic brain injury symptoms may not show up immediately following the injury that caused them and can easily be mistaken for the effects of other injuries, but can cause lasting physical, cognitive, and emotional problems, it's critical for parents to be able to recognize the signs of a traumatic brain injury and advocate for their child if they believe that an injury is being overlooked by the child's doctors.

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Topics: Brain Injury, Injuries to Children, concussion, traumatic brain injury

NJ Personal Injury Attorney Warning: Second Impact Syndrome and Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Mar 30, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

With many types of injury, the severity of the damage sustained by the body is self-evident, as are the limitations to the accident victim resulting from their injury. No reasonable person would expect someone to “walk off” a torn ACL, or think a person with a broken wrist could return to a job requiring heavy lifting after a weekend to recuperate. But all too often, concussion injuries are not treated with the seriousness that they require. Whether it's because there's no visible wound to be wrapped in a cast or brace, or because the symptoms of concussion are largely self-reported issues like headache, nausea, confusion, and dizziness, personality changes, irritability, and light and sound sensitivity, many lay people expect an accident victim to recover from a blow to the head quickly and without complication. Unfortunately, there are serious dangers for a person with a concussion who tries to return to regular activity before they have fully recovered.

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Topics: Injuries, Brain Injury, concussion

How Can I Tell if I Have a Concussion?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Jan 23, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

After sustaining a sudden jolt or blow to the head, such as often results from a motor vehicle accident or slip and fall, you may develop a severe headache or other symptoms that lead you to wonder if you might have sustained a concussion. A concussion is recognized by the medical community as a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), and results when the soft tissue of the brain strikes the inside of the skull. The symptoms of a concussion, especially a mild one, can be subtle and difficult to identify. The way a concussion manifests often differs by individual and by injury; very rarely will any two concussions have exactly the same symptom progression and duration. This can make concussion injuries difficult to diagnose.

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Topics: Brain Injury, concussion

Multiple Concussions Bench UConn Star Athlete Casey Cochran

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Oct 06, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Sports, especially a sport like football, can be very physical and often hard-hitting. The athletic field offers a clear insight into the human body's vulnerability to injury from any kind of impact or trauma. Football, with its frequent bone-jarring impacts, is one of the more injury-prone sports, and in recent years athletic medicine experts have become more aware of the long-term dangers of certain types of injuries – and in particular, repetitive concussion injuries. Make no mistake, a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, and the medical community is becoming increasingly aware of the risks suffered by patients who experience multiple concussion injuries. The awareness of these dangers recently ended the football career of University of Connecticut sophomore and star quarterback Casey Cochran.

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Topics: Brain Injury

NJ Personal Injury Attorney Explains Life Care Plans

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Jun 23, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

After suffering a serious injury as a result of the negligent or reckless actions of others, many accident victims understandably focus on the present: the pain and limitations caused by their injuries, the demands of their medical treatment, and the immediate financial concerns stemming from lost wages and medical bills. These pressing issues must be addressed in your personal injury claim. It is also important not to lose sight of the long-term repercussions of your injury.

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Topics: Injuries, Permanent Injury, Knee Injury, Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Spinal Injuries, Injuries to Children, Herniated Disc, Sports Injuries

Use of Life Expectancy Tables in Personal Injury Cases

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jun 11, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Some personal injury cases are straightforward: another car crashes into yours and your leg is broken, requiring immediate treatment and several months of physical therapy in order to enable you to recover fully and resume your customary activities. But sometimes the injuries suffered by an accident victim are of a severity or a nature that he or she is left with a permanent disability, a lifelong condition, or an increased risk of future health problems. Joint damage may render a patient more likely to develop arthritis later in life and at an earlier age, and head trauma can leave a victim more vulnerable to sustaining serious damage from subsequent head injuries. So how are these permanent injuries and increased risks adjudicated when it's time to work out how much you deserve in fair compensation for your injuries?

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Topics: Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Car Accidents, Trip and Fall, Motorcycle Accident, Permanent Injury, Dangerous Premises, Automobile Litigation, Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Construction Accidents, Herniated Disc, Bulging Disc, Evidence, Workplace Injury, Workplace Accidents, Sports Injuries, Truck Accidents

Head Injuries in Young Adults May Trigger Violent Behavior

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Apr 16, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Medical science has made great strides in understanding how the human brain works, develops, and responds to injury. Much of the functioning of the organ that shapes our thoughts, emotions, and personality remains unknown territory, but the scientific community continues to research the brain and expand our understanding of it. Learning the consequences of injuries to the brain is particularly important, because every year as many as 1.7 million Americans experience a traumatic brain injury (or TBI) as a result of blows, bumps, or jolts, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of these injuries are suffered in motor vehicle accidents and in falls. Pedestrians and bicyclists are at particular risk to head and brain injuries when involved in accidents with motor vehicles.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Brain Injury, Injuries to Children, New Jersey Personal Injury, Bicycle Accidents

Traumatic Brain Injury May Cause Problems in Adolescent Development

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Apr 04, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Parents often joke that their teenage kids "have a hard head" when it comes to arguments and differences of opinion. Many people consider this to be literally the case, in addition to being a metaphor for stubbornness – it's a common belief that adolescents are particularly durable and resilient, healing quickly and completely from injuries that would more seriously damage an older adult. However, medical experts have discovered that adolescent children are not nearly as "hard-headed" as was once widely believed, and may be even more susceptible to serious injury resulting from head trauma than adults, rather than less. Emergency responders and emergency room medical professionals are becoming more attuned to brain injury caused by accidental trauma- whether it's a motor vehicle accident, a slip and fall accident, or any other trauma, and this applies to younger accident victims as well as older.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Brain Injury, Slip and Fall, Injuries to Children, Sports Injuries, Bicycle Safety

Brain Injuries: When Auto Accident Symptoms Do Not Improve

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Mar 28, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

When most people think about the kinds of serious injuries that can result from an automobile accident, it's the visually obvious physical damage that first comes to mind: wounds, broken bones, and torn muscles and ligaments. These kinds of injury are relatively easy to identify, and the difference between "injured" and "recovered" is fairly obvious. But there is a type of injury that very frequently results from car accidents that is much harder to recognize and understand. In fact, the medical profession is still learning about these injuries.

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Topics: Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Automobile Insurance, NJ Auto Insurance, NJ Car Insurance, Car Accidents, Brain Injury

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