According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children aged zero to four, older adolescents aged 15 to 19, and adults aged 65 years and older are the most likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI). In fact, approximately half a million emergency department visits each year involve children under the age of 14 who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. These types of injuries can cause severe physical, emotional, and financial issues for the child and his or her family.
The good news is that in cases involving negligence or wrongdoing, there are legal options available for victims’ families that can help them receive the financial support they need. A personal injury claim, for example, is a way to hold an at-fault car driver responsible for the damages he or she may cause. A premises liability claim may be filed to hold the property owner responsible for the dangerous conditions that caused a head injury on their property. A product liability claim may be filed to hold the manufacturer of a defective child seat, bicycle or other product that may have lead to the child’s TBI.
The amount of compensation that may be available to the victim and the victim’s family is directly related to the severity of the New Jersey child injuries suffered. Determining the severity of the losses suffered in a child brain injury case can be difficult because brain injuries are unpredictable and it is not always clear how the young victim’s life will be affected by the injury. A skilled personal injury lawyer can work with medical professionals to determine the amount of compensation that should be offered for current and future medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, loss of income, physical pain, mental anguish, and other related losses.
The experienced brain injury lawyers in New Jersey at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of getting young victims and their families the compensation they need and rightfully deserve. If a child in your family has suffered a brain injury as a result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, please call our offices right away at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation.