The human brain is the most complex known mechanism in the universe.  Along with our dexterous hands and upright stance, our brains are what distinguishes us from all other known creatures.  While the detail workings of the brain largely remain a mystery, it’s no secret that the brain, despite its staggering capability, is fragile.  Notwithstanding our hard protective skulls, brain injury remains one of the most common results of an accident.

The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, (BIANJ.org) provides poignant CDC information regarding the the number of American affected by this issue every year. “According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year.  Of those individuals, 52,000 die, 275,000 are hospitalized, and 1.4 million are treated and released from an emergency department.”

Common causes of brain injury include falls, vehicular accidents and sports.

pie chart of causes of traumatic brain injury

pie chart of causes of traumatic brain injury (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

High-risk activities like driving motorcycles or skydiving can lead to serious brain injuries, but so can more commonplace activities, even merely driving a car and being involved in an accident.  Dangerous workplace activities such as operating heavy machinery or walking through unsafe areas can also be responsible for such injuries. Whatever the cause, brain injuries can sometimes result in memory loss, headache, dizziness, sensory issues, speech impairment, mood swings or sleep deprivation.   Victims often require a lifetime of care, and sometimes 24-hour monitoring in a hospital-like setting. These implications are profound, but also costly, and thus it may come as little surprise that under the law a person affected by the negligence or recklessness of another in such a way is often entitled to significant compensation.

Of course, it is not always so easy to put a price on the harm inflicted on a person in this way, as a single incident can alter the course of events of that person’s life forever. Nevertheless, victims can make an effort to recompense that harm in a personal injury lawsuit, whereby the victim will make a claim for compensation for emotional, physical and economic harm.

Protective sports equipment such as helmets ca...

Protective sports equipment such as helmets can protect athletes from head injury. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Regardless of the specific factual circumstances of your case, the pain and suffering surrounding a severe incident resulting in brain injury is something that warrants substantial legal inquiry, and something that should be addressed with an experienced attorney. If you or a loved one has been affected in such a way, consult a personal injury attorney that understands New Jersey brain injury law, and get a better sense of your case and how you can attempt to remedy a tragedy.