Each year it is estimated that 1.7 million individuals suffer from traumatic brain injury. It accounts for thirty percent of the total number of deaths caused by injury annually. Traumatic brain injuries are also termed intracranial injuries because they involve significant fluctuations in cerebral fluid and internal skull pressure.
Brain functions can be impaired due to external forces such as acceleration, deceleration, sudden impact, penetration of a projectile or blast waves. Sometimes the damage to the brain cannot immediately be fully assessed due to lack of diagnostic equipment or simply because the full effects and symptoms occur in an insidious manner and take time to fully manifest.
There are varying degrees of seriousness when looking at brain injuries depending on different factors. The severity of injury depends on the portion of the brain that was affected and whether or not there was a loss of consciousness.
When experiencing a minor injury, the symptoms may often include:
One who experiences these symptoms but has also experienced worsening headaches, feels nauseous, has an increased loss of coordination and becomes easily restless may be dealing with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. In the most severe cases one may have issues waking from sleep, seizures, numbness in the limbs, dilated pupils, extreme confusion and trouble speaking clearly.
These problems may be temporary, but if the injury is serious enough it may result in long-term disabilities. Processing speed and inability to judge social situations may inhibit the individual from living a normal life especially in areas such as the pursuit of a career or even driving a car. There is hope for some injuries in the area of rehabilitation, but this can cost time and money. If you or a loved one has fallen victim to a brain injury due to another's negligence, please do not wait to contact our firm so that you may obtain optimal financial compensation for your loss, suffering and medical bills.
With millions of auto accidents every year on American highways, it is no surprise that vehicular incidents, after slips and falls, are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injury. The tremendous forces unleashed when two vehicles collide, can cause the drivers' heads to strike any number of hard surfaces including the steering wheel or the window. Even impacting the airbag can cause damage. For pedestrians or bicyclists, their unprotected bodies hardly stand a chance against a car or commercial truck weighing thousands of pounds. The driver at fault may permanently damage the victim's spine and brain, even at low impact speeds.
Unfortunately, brain trauma or oxygen deprivation can also occur during child birth, sometimes as a direct result of negligence on the part of medical staff. Lack of oxygen or a major decrease in the child's blood flow to the brain can cause hemorrhage within the internal tissue. Continued lack of oxygen to the brain may result in learning disabilities for the child and decreased motor skills. In severe cases, even death may result.
Attorney Edward Lutz has experience in handling claims against medical professionals in this area. Achieving one of the highest amounts of financial compensation in his time as a personal injury attorney, Mr. Lutz represented a case involving brain damage from birth trauma, resulting in a $26,345,000 structured settlement.
Edward Lutz is Certified by The Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. This designation is awarded to New Jersey civil trial lawyers who have successfully satisfied rigorous criteria established by the New Jersey Supreme Court. This criteria requires demonstrating substantial involvement in the preparation of litigated matters, completion of a specific number of hours of continuing legal education, demonstrating an unblemished reputation by submitting a list of attorneys and judges who attest to the lawyer’s character and ability and the passing of a written examination in the area of civil trial law. Only 2% of New Jersey licensed lawyers have achieved this designation. Insurance companies and their lawyers have recognized Edward Lutz as a skilled and aggressive litigator. They are well aware that if they are unwilling to negotiate in good faith to achieve a fair settlement that our firm will try a case to a jury verdict.
For over 30 years, our firm has offered individuals who have been seriously injured and their families the competent and aggressive legal representation they deserve.
New Jersey personal injury attorney Edward C. Lutz has been recognized as being an accomplished trial attorney in the U.S., having been admitted as a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum, in recognition of obtaining million dollar plus verdicts, awards and settlements for his clients.
Representing injured clients throughout all of Northern and Central New Jersey, our firm uses experts in various fields to help determine the true value of your claim and to prove your case in court.
Mr. Lutz was admitted to the New Jersey Bar and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey in 1987 and he was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1991. He received his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey in 1987. He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Florida State Bar Association (currently inactive).
Attorney Lutz is a longstanding member of the New Jersey Association for Justice (formerly known as the Trial Lawyers of America New Jersey), an organization dedicated to protecting the rights of New Jersey's families.
Edward C. Lutz is a member of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (TANJ). TANJ has a longstanding history dedicated to fighting to preserve our jury system in New Jersey and ensuring that our citizens receive a fair trial.
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