Choose An Experienced Massachusetts Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one suspect you have sustained a concussion, head injury or traumatic brain injury (TBI), visit a doctor immediately. Prompt access to medical tests such as MRIs can make a critical difference in your ability to treat a head injury and your long-term quality of life.
If a doctor has already diagnosed you or a loved one with a traumatic brain injury, it is important to establish a medical plan and obtain a skilled and experienced personal injury lawyer.
Breakstone, White & Gluck can assist you. With over 100 years combined legal experience, our lawyers help traumatic brain injury survivors obtain the long-term care and support they need to move forward in recovery. Over the years, we have obtained millions of dollars in compensation for our clients, helping them move forward.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injury
There are two major types of TBI: open traumatic brain injury and closed traumatic brain injury. An open TBI can occur when a foreign object penetrates the skull and enters the brain. One suffers a closed traumatic brain injury when the skull is not penetrated.
A concussion is considered a form of a mild traumatic brain injury and a closed traumatic brain injury. It can occur when one suffers a bump, impact or blow to the head, such as in a car crash, youth sports or other situation. A concussion requires immediate medical attention, then usually rest. A person who suffers a concussion is usually expected to fully recover, though it may take a few months.
A traumatic brain injury is more severe and usually involves a longer period of disruption to the normal brain function, as well as an extended period of unconsciousness and other symptoms.
Traumatic Brain Injury Can Result from:
- Medical Malpractice
- Anesthesia During Surgery
- Slip and Falls
- Sport Injuries
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
- Physical Assault
- Product Malfunctions
Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms May Include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Vision changes (blurred vision or seeing double, inability to tolerate light, blindness, loss of eye movement)
- Dizziness and balance problems
- Coma or semi comatose state
- Paralysis and difficulty moving body parts
- Slow pulse
- Slow breathing rate with increase in blood pressure
- Spinal fluid (looks like water) coming out of the ears or nose
- Ringing in ears
- Difficulty with core skills (memory problems, poor judgment, inability to pay attention)
- Loss of bowel control or bladder control
- Body numbness or tingling
What To Do if You Suspect a Brain Injury, Head Injury or Closed Head Injury
- Go to a local emergency room for your injuries.
- Document any symptoms in a notebook. If you are caring for a loved one, watch out for the symptoms listed above.
- Obtain the necessary tests. A doctor should perform imaging testing, including MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging) scans and CT scans (otherwise known as Computerized tomography scans).
What Damages are Available in Brain Injury Cases?
Depending on the severity of a brain injury, the liable party may be responsible for compensating medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages - past and future. Estimating ongoing medical expenses requires a thorough review by health care experts and the brain injury attorney. Treatment may be required from a number of professionals with different skills over a number of years, including a neuropsychologist, a rehabilitation center, physical therapists and speech and language pathologists.
There may be several liable parties and vary depending on the details of each injury. The list of possible liable parties includes employers, drunk drivers, individuals involved in criminal acts, medical professionals, property owners and many more.
Here are a few brain injury cases handled by Breakstone, White & Gluck.
Medical Malpractice - Anesthesia Complications, Severe Infant Brain Injury - $7,500,000 Details
Anesthesia Malpractice - Brain injury and wrongful death- $2,040,000 Details
Car Accident - Head on collision, traumatic brain injury - $477,989 Details
Ski Accident - Resulting in traumatic brain injury - $800,000 Details