Brain damage comes in many different forms. Some are more severe than others, but all can have a profound impact on the life of the victim. If you or someone you love in New Jersey has suffered a brain injury, it is important to know what you can do to get the necessary help.
Traumatic brain damage (TBI)
TBI is a brain injury caused by an external force, such as a blow to the head. It is the most common type of brain damage and can range from mild to severe. Symptoms of TBI can include headache, dizziness, confusion, nausea, blurred vision, sleepiness and mood changes. In more severe cases, people left with permanent damage can even die.
Non-traumatic brain damage (NTBI)
NTBI is a brain injury that is not caused by an external force. A stroke, aneurysm, tumor or infection can cause it. Symptoms of NTBI can vary depending on the location and severity of the injury. They can include paralysis, problems with speech or vision, seizures, and memory loss.
Anoxic brain damage (ABI)
ABI is an injury caused by events that reduce oxygen supply to the brain, like drowning, carbon monoxide poisoning, drug overdose or other conditions. Symptoms of ABI can include confusion, disorientation, coma and even death.
It’s important to remember that if someone else’s negligence or recklessness caused your brain injury, you could file a lawsuit to recover damages. In New Jersey, you have two years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit. If you do not file within that time frame, the court will likely bar you from doing so. You should also seek medical attention as soon as possible after the injury occurs. Brain injuries can often worsen over time, so it is best to get a diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible.