New Jersey Brain Injury Lawyer

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Have you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI)? Was someone else to blame? If so, you could be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. But pursuing this compensation can be incredibly difficult without the help of an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney.

For nearly a century, the attorneys at Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman have been helping people throughout New Jersey seek the compensation and justice they deserve for injuries that weren’t their fault. Let us do the same for you.

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Our New Jersey Brain Injury Attorneys Help People Hurt in Accidents

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Since our firm’s founding in 1929, Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman has been dedicated to fighting for the rights of New Jerseyans who’ve been injured through no fault of their own. During that time, we have developed a reputation for providing compassionate and effective representation in even the most challenging cases – including those involving traumatic brain injuries.

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, you could be struggling with debilitating health complications, expensive medical needs, and uncertainty about the future. But if someone else is responsible for causing the injury, they can be held legally liable for its consequences – and we want to see that they are.

We have helped thousands of people like you recover hundreds of millions of dollars in fair compensation. We’re prepared to apply our considerable resources and experience to your case. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for clear and straightforward answers to all of your most pressing legal questions at a free case review.

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What Traumatic Brain Injuries Are and What Causes Them

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Traumatic brain injuries are among the most common and devastating injuries in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), TBIs were responsible for more than 2.5 million emergency room visits, 288,000 hospitalizations, and 56,800 deaths in a single recent year.

A TBI can result from any sudden jolt, blow, or penetrating head injury that causes direct or indirect trauma to the brain. Even a relatively mild brain injury can have a significant and lasting impact on cognitive, physical, and social functioning. Many TBI patients experience changes in mood, personality, coordination, and mental capacity. More severe TBIs can result in permanent brain damage, memory loss, coma, or death.

Traumatic brain injuries can affect anyone, but certain demographics face a heightened risk. Research published in the National Library of Medicine suggests that men are significantly more likely to sustain TBIs than women. Men are also reportedly more likely to sustain severe TBIs. Older adults and minor children are also at heightened risk of TBIs, with those 65 or older most at-risk for TBIs resulting in hospitalization and death.

Some of the most common causes of brain injuries include:

  • Car and truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
  • Slip-and-falls and trip-and-falls
  • Sports and recreational accidents
  • Construction site accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Domestic violence and abuse
  • Assault and gun violence

Signs and Symptoms of the “Silent Injury” of TBI

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Some TBI cases are relatively easy to identify because of visible wounds to the head. However, many TBIs are difficult to diagnose because they are effectively invisible. These “silent injuries” still cause noticeable symptoms, which can vary from patient to patient and might not manifest themselves for weeks or even months after the underlying injury.

Some common signs and symptoms of relatively minor TBI include:

  • Brief loss of consciousness
  • Feeling dazed, disoriented, or confused
  • Headaches, light-headedness, or dizziness
  • Feelings of fatigue or lethargy
  • Blurred vision or tiredness behind the eyes
  • Feelings of nausea or vomiting
  • A persistent, unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • Changes in the ability to smell
  • Tinnitus or ringing in the ears
  • Unusual sensitivity to light or sound
  • Difficulties with memory, attention, or concentration
  • Difficulty thinking or making decisions
  • Changes in behavior, mood, or sleep habits
  • Unusual depression or anxiety

People who suffer moderate to severe TBI may experience more serious symptoms, such as:

  • Extended loss of consciousness
  • Chronic headaches that worsen with time
  • Persistent feelings of nausea or repeated vomiting
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Difficulty or inability to wake up from sleep
  • Abnormally large pupils
  • Dysarthria or slurred speech
  • Weakness or numbness in the arms or legs
  • Loss of coordination or motor function
  • Unusual restlessness, confusion, or agitation

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Brain Injuries by Severity Level and Type

The three basic severity levels of TBI include:

Mild TBI

People who sustain mild TBIs may lose consciousness for minutes or seconds, but many do not lose consciousness at all. Many people who’ve suffered a mild TBI simply appear disoriented or confused. Some mild brain injuries do not appear on standard medical scans or tests.

Moderate TBI

People who sustain moderate TBIs can lose consciousness for several minutes to several hours. Subsequent complications, such as confusion, behavioral changes, and physical limitations, can last weeks or months.

Severe TBI

Severe TBIs occur due to crushing or penetrating injuries to the skull and brain. These injuries are often life-threatening. Victims often suffer permanent changes in cognitive and physical ability.

The main types of TBI include:


The majority of concussions are relatively mild TBIs. However, even a mild concussion can have significant long-term effects. Many concussions result from whip-like shaking motions or violent impacts to the head. Some concussions involve loss of consciousness, but not all do.


Contusion is the medical term for a bruise, which is essentially a region of damaged tissue. When the soft tissue of the brain becomes bruised, it can bleed and swell within the skull as a result. In severe cases, contusion victims may require surgery to relieve pressure and avoid additional trauma.

Penetrating injuries

Unlike closed head injuries, which leave the skull intact, penetrating injuries happen when foreign objects or bone fragments pierce the skull and cause direct trauma to the brain. Penetrating head injuries commonly occur due to severe crushing injuries from traffic collisions or gunshot wounds.

Hypoxic and anoxic injuries

Hypoxic brain injuries and anoxic brain injuries occur when the brain receives insufficient oxygen or no oxygen at all. These injuries can occur due to blood clots, heart attacks, suffocation, or serious trauma. If left untreated, a prolonged lack of oxygen can result in permanent brain damage or even death.

Diffuse axonal injuries

A diffuse axonal injury (DAI) occurs when sharp acceleration, twisting or shaking causes trauma to nerve fibers called axons. These special fibers connect the two hemispheres of the brain. When axons become damaged or torn, the resulting DAI can cause disruptions in nerve signals or even cellular death.

Coup-contrecoup injuries

The French term “coup-contrecoup” roughly translates to “strike-counterstrike.” A coup-contrecoup TBI occurs when a violent blow causes the brain to sustain an injury from the initial impact on one side of the brain (coup) and then a second injury when the brain collides internally with the opposite wall of the skull (contrecoup). These injuries are especially serious because they result in trauma to both sides of the brain.

Lifelong Effects, Costs, and Treatments Associated with TBI

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In  some TBI cases, people have to deal with long-term effects and treatments, as well as associated costs.

Those can include:

  • The costs of inpatient and outpatient hospital visits
  • Visits to primary care doctors and specialists
  • Prescription medication and medical equipment costs
  • The costs of physical therapy and rehabilitative surgery
  • The costs of at-home healthcare and housekeeping services
  • Accessibility modifications for vehicles and homes
  • Lost income from missed time at work
  • Reduced income from diminished ability to perform work
  • Projected losses in long-term earning capacity
  • Projected costs of future medical treatment
  • The intangible costs of pain, suffering, and lost quality of life

Determining If You Have a Potential Brain Injury Claim

TBIs often require extensive and costly medical care to treat, sometimes for life. If you have sustained a TBI due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation, which you could recover by filing a brain injury claim.

You likely have grounds for a TBI claim if each of the following elements applies to your situation:

The other party had a responsibility to avoid harming you.

Different parties owe different duties of care to people around them. For instance, all drivers are responsible for obeying traffic laws and avoiding causing accidents.

The other party was negligent in some way.

Broadly speaking, negligence is the failure to act in a way that a reasonable person would act in a given situation. Common examples of negligence include property owners failing to keep their premises safe for visitors or motorists ignoring the rules of the road.

The other party’s negligence directly contributed to the TBI.

It’s not enough to show that the other party was negligent and that you suffered a TBI. You must demonstrate a causal link between the other party’s negligence and the traumatic brain injury you suffered.

You suffered real, measurable losses as a result of the TBI.

You must prove that the TBI resulted in real, quantifiable losses. That could include financial losses such as healthcare costs and lost wages, as well as less tangible losses like pain and suffering.

Who Could Be Liable for Brain Damage from an Accident?

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Liability is an essential part of any personal injury claim. A party who is at fault for your injuries is also one who is legally liable to compensate you for your losses.

Determining liability is often easier said than done when it comes to brain injury cases. The largely invisible nature of brain injuries can make them difficult to identify and diagnose, let alone determine the root cause.

Some parties who may be liable in brain injury cases include:

  • Negligent road users who contribute to motor vehicle accidents
  • Employers or supervisors who fail to ensure employee safety
  • Property owners who neglect to keep their premises safe and secure
  • Pet owners who fail to keep dangerous animals confined or restrained
  • Nursing home owners and staff who engage in or permit negligent practices and/or the abuse of residents
  • Negligent manufacturers and retailers who design, assemble, or sell unsafe products

How Our New Jersey TBI Lawyers Pursue Maximum Compensation for Clients

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Many TBI patients require extensive medical care and other costly types of support. As a result, TBI claims tend to seek correspondingly large amounts of compensation, and insurance companies typically do whatever they can to minimize how much they’ll have to pay. That’s where an experienced New Jersey TBI attorney can help by:

  • Explaining your legal rights and reviewing your options in an initial consultation
  • Calculating a reliable estimate for the value of your injury claim
  • Conducting an independent investigation into the cause of the brain injury
  • Uncovering valuable evidence to support your claim for compensation
  • Determining who can be held liable for your losses
  • Managing essential case documents and deadlines so you don’t have to
  • Communicating with insurance companies and other third parties on your behalf
  • Negotiating aggressively during settlement talks to maximize your payout
  • Representing you in court if you are forced to sue for fair compensation

New Jersey’s Statute of Limitations for Brain Injury Lawsuits

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If you choose to file a personal injury lawsuit after a TBI, you should know how specific state laws could impact your case. For instance, under New Jersey’s statute of limitations, you have only two years to file a TBI lawsuit, with very limited exceptions.

This two-year window begins on the date when you sustained the TBI, learned of your TBI diagnosis, or reasonably should have been aware that you had grounds for a TBI lawsuit. If you wait too long to file a TBI lawsuit, the court will most likely dismiss your case, and you will lose your right to demand compensation for your losses. That’s why it’s so important to work with a knowledgeable attorney who can keep your case on track from day one.

How much does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer?

At Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman, we do not charge you any fees upfront to start work on your personal injury case. We will review your case for free, with no obligation to you. If we believe you have a claim for compensation, we will do all the legal legwork with no out-of-pocket cost to you. When we recover compensation for you, our fee then comes as a percentage of that. If we don’t win, you don’t pay us. It’s that simple.

Our New Jersey TBI Lawyers Are Ready to Help You

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At Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman, our New Jersey brain injury attorneys are prepared to do what it takes to seek fair compensation on your behalf. If you or someone you love is struggling with the aftermath of a TBI, contact us today for a free initial consultation.


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