Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

Prognosis for Children Diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Oct 10, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI),commonly referred to as concussions, can have a significant impact on any accident victim, though when a child is injured, the prognosis may be very different than for an adult suffering the same injury. The medical profession had once believed that a child’s still-developing brain was malleable enough to recover more readily from a concussion injury than an adult’s; sadly, science has since discovered that the opposite is true. Damage to a child’s brain can have lasting repercussions, some of which may not be fully revealed until years after the initial brain trauma.

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Topics: Injuries to Children, concussion, traumatic brain injury

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

Children and the Law: Proving a Child's Traumatic Brain Injury and Brain Function Impairment (TBI)

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, May 16, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

As you pursue any kind of personal injury claim, one of the first things you'll discover is that the insurance company really doesn't want to give you the money that you deserve for your accident injuries. In the case of parents filing claims on behalf of their kids, the fact that a child is the injured party doesn't change the insurance company's stance at all. The insurance adjuster will look for any available excuse to get his employer out of paying you fair compensation. Sometimes that excuse is a denial of liability or an accusation of fault on your part. Other times, the insurance company may flat-out dispute the very existence of your child's injuries.

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Topics: Injuries to Children, injury compensation, 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

Can Children Have Traumatic Brain Injury and Not Lose Consciousness?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, May 09, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

In popular media, concussion injuries are often caused by a blow to the head that knocks the accident victim unconscious for a period of time. People who have neither medical training nor firsthand experience with traumatic brain injuries may have no other frame of reference for what a concussion looks like, and may assume that a traumatic brain injury always involves a loss of consciousness. However, these portrayals present a partial and inaccurate depiction of traumatic brain injuries, which often occur without any loss of consciousness in the victim.

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Topics: Injuries to Children, concussion, traumatic brain injury

What Parents Need to Know About Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, May 06, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

Perhaps in part due to their still-developing brains and the difficulties of navigating a world sized for adults, children who are the victims of accidents frequently suffer concussions or brain trauma. Every year, almost 1 million children sustain this type of injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The more medically-accurate term for a concussion is traumatic brain injury, which sounds frightening – and indeed, concussion injuries can have lasting effects on a child's life. Though there is some disagreement within the medical community, three classes of traumatic brain injury are commonly accepted: severe, moderate, and mild. Most TBIs suffered by children in accidents are classed as “mild,” because they are generally not life-threatening on their own; however, the term “mild traumatic brain injury” can be somewhat misleading, because this kind of injury can still have a profound physical, cognitive, and emotional impact on the child victim.

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Topics: Injuries to Children, concussion, traumatic brain injury

Mother of Brain Injured Son Wins Wrongful Death Settlement from Largest Youth Football League

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, May 02, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

Perhaps more so than any other sport, even the one nicknamed America's “national pastime,” football has captured the imagination of millions across the United States. But only in recent years has attention become focused on the deadly dangers that the sport can pose to its players, even years after they step off the field. Experts have begun to study the deleterious effects of football-related brain injuries on professional players, most of whom are healthy and strong young men – but children in high school and junior leagues are just as vulnerable, if not more.

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Topics: Injuries to Children, Sports Injuries, 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

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