A brain injury is one of the most traumatic injuries a person can suffer in life. Depending on the severity of the injury, the victim might never be able to return to work, could wind up paralyzed, might not be able to provide for their family, and could require the help of an in-home nurse around the clock.
Less severe brain injuries, like concussions, typically only require a few weeks to heal and do not change the victim’s life for the worse. On the other hand, victims who suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI) suffer more than just physical damages; they also suffer monetary damages that will continue to increase with each passing year, increasing the necessity of a traumatic brain injury lawyer to fight for rightful compensation.
If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI due to the negligent acts of someone else, you are well within your rights to seek compensation for the injuries via a brain injury lawyer. Aside from medical care, you can collect compensation for lost wages, loss of consortium, pain and suffering, and any other damages caused by a traumatic brain injury. We understand that money does not solve everything, but if you will miss an extended period at work, it can go a long way towards helping you pay your medical and utility bills while not earning an income.
The team of experienced personal injury attorneys at Shapiro Law Group, P.C. can guide you through the most challenging time in your life. If you live in the Greater Boston area, it’s time to call our office at 339-298-2300 to schedule a consultation with a traumatic brain injury lawyer. We have offices in Boston, Woburn, Needham, and West Roxbury to better serve our clients.
WHAT IS A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious and life-changing injury that can result in paralysis and other health challenges. The injury is defined by the National Institutes of Health as “an injury that happens when damage to the brain is caused by sudden trauma.” Most victims suffer TBIs when their head suddenly hits an object, when an object pierces the skull, or when there is a severe jolt to the head without direct contact. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that more than 2.5 million people go to the emergency room annually for TBIs. Of the 2.5 million visits, 55,000 people die and more than 300,000 have to be admitted.
COMMON CAUSES OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES
The elderly are at the highest risk of suffering TBIs, most likely due to their chances of suffering a slip and fall accident. However, the elderly are not the only people who are at risk for TBIs. A person of any age can suffer a TBI, and they most often happen in the following situations:
- Scooter and bicycle accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Domestic violence
- Elder abuse
- Slip and fall accidents
- Shaken baby syndrome
- Playing contact sports
- Accidents in and around swimming pools
- Defective products
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF A TBI?
There are instances where a person suffers a TBI but does not experience symptoms immediately for various reasons. Then there are instances where the victim of TBI experiences symptoms immediately following the accident. The symptoms of TBI are not the same for every victim. They vary based on the victim’s age, the location of the injury, and the severity of the accident that led to the injury.
If a child or baby suffers a TBI, the parent of the child could have trouble recognizing the symptoms due to the young age of the victim. The parent might not realize that their child has suffered a TBI until there is a delay in the development of the child. It’s also possible that an adult might not notice symptoms of a TBI until hours, days, or weeks following the accident.
Below, you will find a list of the most common symptoms of mild TBIs (concussions) no matter the age of the victim, location of the injury, or severity of the accident that caused the injury:
- Headaches that fail to go away or continue to get worse
- A ringing sound in the ears
- Fatigue that cannot be explained
- Shoulder and neck pain
The symptoms most victims suffer because of severe TBI include the following:
- Vomiting and nausea
- Constant or severe migraines
- Slurred speech
- Trouble waking up after sleeping
- Unevenly dilated pupils
- Numbness or loss of feeling in the limbs
The CDC reports that one out of every four TBIs is labeled as severe. If you or a loved one fails to seek medical treatment following an accident, any of the symptoms mentioned above could be fatal. It is imperative that you seek medical treatment following any type of accident if you experience any of these symptoms, even if they don’t appear until weeks after the fact. It is also imperative that reach out to a brain injury lawyer.
HOW A TBI CAN IMPACT YOU FOR LIFE
A TBI, whether treated or untreated, will impact you for the rest of your life. Even a mild concussion can make it difficult for you to focus when reading, watching TV, being in a brightly lit room, and listening to music. There’s not much doctors can do to reduce the trauma to the brain caused by TBI. However, seeking medical treatment can help reduce the chances of suffering additional damage to the brain.
According to the CDC, the victims of TBIs often experience the following permanent injuries and chronic issues:
- Issues with vertigo or balance
- Abnormal sensations that impact your sense of smell, sight, hearing, taste, and touch
- Trouble with reasoning
- Problems with your memory
- Entering into a coma or permanent vegetative state
- An increase in your aggression, anger, anxiety, depression, and social cues
- Difficulty expressing emotions or how to comprehend your feelings
- Difficulty with communicating (trouble forming sentences, expressing ideas, and difficulty forming sounds to talk)
CAN I BE COMPENSATED FOR MY INJURIES?
Massachusetts law permits you to seek compensation for injuries suffered due to the negligence of someone else. It doesn’t matter if you suffered a TBI, your child did, or another loved one did; you can be compensated for the medical expenses incurred and income lost from a traumatic brain injury. The most common damages you can be compensated for after a TBI include the following:
Medical Treatment Costs
This includes compensation for your ride in an ambulance, emergency services fees, the visit to the emergency room, diagnostic scans and tests, surgeries, visits to your doctor, medication, follow-up care, and other items.
Future Medical Treatment
This includes additional surgeries, an in-home nurse, moving to a healthcare facility, and more.
You might need a specialized wheelchair, stair chair, or need to have a ramp installed at your home. All of these will be covered under the compensation you receive for your injuries.
Any and all income lost at your job from the day you suffer your injury can be recovered in a lawsuit.
Modifications to Your Home
It’s possible that your home will need to be modified to accommodate a wheelchair. This can include moving your bedroom to the first floor, renovating the bathroom to make it wheelchair accessible, and removing doors.
Many people who suffer severe TBI need to learn how to speak, walk, feed themselves, dress, and care for themselves again. The cost of these rehabilitative services can be reimbursed in a lawsuit.
Aside from incurring medical bills and lost wages, victims of TBIs can suffer non-economic damages. Non-economic damages are most often referred to as pain and suffering and emotional distress.
If the accident that led to your TBI was caused by someone else on purpose, you might be able to recover punitive damages. These are damages awarded by the judge in your case and meant to punish the person who caused your injury.
CONTACT A BOSTON BRAIN INJURY LAWYER TODAY
The Shapiro Law Group P.C. has a long tradition of representing clients who have suffered serious personal injuries in various types of accidents. We understand how difficult it can be to live a normal life after suffering a TBI. We also understand how challenging it is to care for a loved one with a TBI. We will fight to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Call our office at 339-298-7733 today to schedule a consultation with a Boston brain injury lawyer.
WE FIGHT FOR YOU!
When you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident and suffered injuries, you need an advocate in your corner who will look out for your rights while you focus on recovery. Our firm will give you and your case the personal attention needed so we can assess what the accident has cost you, physically and emotionally. Our firm will work to line up witnesses and experts, gather evidence, investigate the scene, and do everything we can to clearly present your side and your losses. We will work diligently to get you the compensation you need to recover and protect the future needs of your family. We also have the negotiating and litigating skills to take on the insurance company when they try to get you to settle for less than you need.
Shapiro Law Group, PC, provides ongoing support throughout the entire process so you don’t have to fight alone or ever feel in the dark about how your case is progressing. We are always accessible to our clients because we understand what is at stake. Let us handle your motor vehicle accident situation and help you get the resolution you need so you can begin to move forward as soon as possible. At Shapiro Law Group, PC, we are ready to help you.
Contact us to set up your initial consultation. (339) 298-2300.