Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

Common School Injuries to Avoid and Mitigate

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Sep 17, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

A new school year has begun, filled with new opportunities for your child: making new friends, developing new interests, and having new experiences. Unfortunately, the start of the school year also marks the start of the potential for school-related injuries. Parents should be aware of the most common ways that children can be injured at or around school, in order to best protect their children without unnecessarily restricting their ability to explore and grow. In the event that a child is injured at school, it’s crucial for parents to know how to get their child the care that they need to recover fully and get back on track, both physically and academically.

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Topics: Sports Injuries, concussion, traumatic brain injury, school bus accident

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

When Fall Sports Injuries Occur

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

 By Francis M. Smith

With schools back in session for the fall, students are returning to their sports teams or making the cut for the first time, full of competitive spirit. Sports are widely considered to be an excellent avenue for young people to learn teamwork, fair play, and social skills, as well as an opportunity to get valuable exercise. For some, sports participation represents the potential for college scholarships. There are many reasons for young people to participate in athletic extracurricular activities, including simply for enjoyment. But some parents quite reasonably worry about their children's risk of injury on the sports field. If a child plays for a sports team or expresses an interest in taking up a sport, it's wise for their parents to learn about the risks of sports injuries and what they should do if their child is hurt.

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Topics: Injuries, Sports Injuries, traumatic brain injury

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