A coma is a prolonged state of unconsciousness that is often caused by traumatic head injury, spinal injury due to car accidents, workplace accidents and medical malpractice. Increased pressure, bleeding, swelling, loss of oxygen, infection, seizures or buildup of toxins in the brain can all lead to coma. A brain injury can be temporary and reversible, or depending on its severity, it may be permanent.
When a person is in a comatose state, he or she is unresponsive to his or her surroundings. Although it appears that the person sleeping, he or she cannot be awakened by any stimulation.
While most comas typically last only a few weeks, when a coma continues for months or years it can turn into a persistent vegetative state. When this happens, families are faced with difficult decisions about their loved one’s future care, which can often be costly. If your loved one is in a comatose state due to someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to seek compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship and consortium
Seeking Justice for A Comatose Loved One
Seeing a loved one in a comatose state can be traumatic and frightening. In addition to the emotional and mental ramifications of your loved one’s injury, you may also wonder how you will be able to afford the cost of expensive continuing care. If the injury that caused the coma is due to another person’s negligence, skilled personal injury attorneys can advise you on how to protect your loved one’s rights and help to ensure your family gets adequate compensation for the comatose party’s ongoing care.
Our Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, our experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorneys in New Jersey can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact Gold, Albanese & Barletti, LLC, at 973-326-9099 to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.