Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Concussive Syndrome

A person, or family member of a person, involved in an accident, or the victim of assault, who has suffered an injury to the head, may be concerned about Traumatic Brain Injury. So what is Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and what is Post-Concussive Syndrome? A traumatic brain injury is the result of a blow or a jarring of/to the head or the result of a penetrating head injury. Any of these traumas to the head may change the normal operation and capacity of the brain for the person injured. Certainly, when these situations arise, the effect on the family members, who act as caregivers, is significant.

Are you or a family member a caregiver to the person who has suffered from an accident or assault resulting in Traumatic Brain Injury? If so, you may be able to file a claim in conjunction with the victim.

The last thing that you want to confront after learning that your loved one has a debilitating condition is the legal complexity and financial hardship which arise after a Traumatic Brain Injury, including Post-Concussive Syndrome. The Law Office of John Tierney has experience successfully litigating these matters for over ten years.

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Post Concussive Syndrome is the name given for a cluster of common symptoms which affect persons after they sustain a concussion. Early symptoms (those which arise within days of the concussion) include blurry vision, nausea (with or without vomiting), headache, dizziness, imbalance, decreased attention span, easy distractibility, decreased short term memory, insomnia and fatigue. Later symptoms (those which are first observed and/or diagnosed within weeks after the concussion, and which tend to linger) include anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, reduced frustration tolerance, irritability and reduced emotional balance (sudden, rapid mood swings). Medical literature illustrates that many people with this condition are symptom-free within 3 months, and that 85% are symptom- free within a year. The 15% who are still suffering from longstanding Post-Concussive may have a difficult time in convincing defendants and insurance companies that their condition is real and potentially permanent because of this minority status.

In order to attempt to avoid liability, and avoid payment of money for pain and suffering, disability, and financial losses, insurance companies and their legal counsel argue that stress of litigation, hysteria, somatoform disorder, pre-existing personality disorder, pre-existing depression or malingering are the true causes of the claimed symptoms. You, or your family member, need a firm that can present the evidence to persuade a company into settlement or convince the jury.

We continually represent clients throughout Morris County, Bergen County, Essex County, Somerset County, Passaic County, as well as the virtual entirety of Northern, New Jersey. Aggressive, accountable, vigilant, and with our clients’ aims always in sight, we intend to earn your trust. Please contact us at 973-379-4200.