In an irreversible moment—the blink of an eye—a devastating traumatic brain injury (TBI) changes the lives of 2.8 million Americans every year, according to a CDC report.
A bump, blow, jolt to the head or a skull penetration can disastrously disrupt the brain, causing significant cognitive and physical disabilities including impaired thinking and memory dysfunction, seizures, movement disorders, loss of vision and hearing, personality changes including depression and other mood disorders, paralysis and death.
A Good Law Firm® Has Been Relentlessly Representing Massachusetts TBI Victims and Their Families for 40+ Years
As advocates for our brain injured clients and their families, over the past four decades A Good Law Firm® has won record-breaking, multi-million-dollar settlements on their behalf. While no amount of money is worth life-altering impairment or losing a loved one because of a TBI, it means the world to our clients to be able to afford the astronomical, multiple expenses that come after.
For immediate answers 24/7 to your questions about monetary recovery after a TBI, call A Good Law Firm® now at 413.736.1616.
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month—Organized to Educate the Public About Prevention and Life After A TBI
Because the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) recognizes the need for education, support and understanding for those afflicted with TBIs, every year in March the nonprofit leads the nation in observing Brain Injury Awareness Month. The public awareness campaign’s theme for 2019 is “Change Your Mind,” providing a platform for nationwide education about brain injuries aftermath and prevention.
A Good Law Firm® offers our support toward BIAA efforts by promoting their cause and contributing to the economic survival and quality of life for TBI victims and their families.
A Good Law Firm’s® Recent Major Traumatic Brain Injury Case Settlements
- A female client received a confidential settlement for a brain injury she incurred due to an icicle falling off a building while she was walking on Main Street in downtown Springfield. Our savvy investigative team used weather experts and an architect to prove property owner negligence and hired a respected independent neurologist to examine her and produce a report and testimony documenting her cognitive damages.
- Another female client received a confidential structured settlement at mediation for a concussion and permanent brain injury she incurred when compacted snow and ice slid from the canopy of a drive-up ATM at a local bank. After our legal team engaged weather experts, a structural architect, a building engineer, neurologist and psychiatrist to prove the extent of her injuries, the extensive evidence we compiled settled the lawsuit without going to trial.
- When a child died after he slipped on his grandmother’s icy, slippery swimming pool cover and remained in 12-18 inches of water unconscious, we won a substantial structured settlement for the child’s guardian. The child was revived but never regained consciousness and was transferred to a long-term care hospital for brain damaged, comatose individuals, where he later passed away. The homeowner was found to be negligent for not having a fence around the pool or a locked gate required for maintaining an attractive nuisance.
Sobering TBI Statistics You Never Thought Would Apply to You or A Loved One
- Every 21 seconds an infant, child, teenager, or adult in the U.S. sustains a traumatic brain injury. 1.
- 2.8 million people sustain a brain injury every year. 2.
- 56,000 die from their brain injury each year.
- 275,000 are hospitalized due to a brain injury each year.
- 5.3 million Americans currently live with disabilities that were caused by a brain injury.
- Fewer than 1 in 20 people with traumatic brain injury will receive the rehabilitation they need because of lack of money or access to care or both.
- TBI is the leading cause of death and disability among children and young adults.
A Good Law Firm’s® empathetic and compassionate team of attorneys and legal support have seen the devastation caused by a TBI innumerable times. In many cases, the TBI was caused because of negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct by a person or entity lacking regard for human life.
When this has happened to you or a loved one, those responsible must be held accountable, and our core of skilled personal injury attorneys will fight to do just that.
Common and Not So Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
While a host of things can cause a traumatic brain injury, they can occur under many conditions and circumstances. Here are some of the causes our Springfield personal injury practice has seen:
- Vehicle collisions involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, buses and boats
- Bicycle accidents when vehicles ignore riders’ right-of-way
- Pedestrians struck by a vehicle while crossing a street or on a sidewalk
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Drowning or near drowning
- Birth injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Surgery errors
- Defective products
- Toxic substances
- On-the-job accidents
- Sports head trauma
- Assault and other physical abuse
Those who endure TBIs require expensive emergency room visits, hospitalizations, rehabilitation, and a substantial change in practical needs and care—all of which cost money.
Types and Consequences of TBIs
- Concussion: Even when there is no visible external injury, when percussive force causes the brain to smash against the skull, concussion injuries (diffuse axonal) can be severe.
- Contusions: Caused by impact to the head, when the brain is bruised (a contusion), blood vessels break and leak into the brain and may cause swelling that prevents necessary oxygenation and leads to other serious damage.
- Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: Repeated blows to the head (concussions and contusions) typically occurring in athletes such as football players are now known to cause debilitating injury, leading to devastating cognitive and physical impairment and death.
- Penetrating Injury: When skull fragments or a sharp or hard object penetrates the skull, hair or skin pierce the brain, causing serious injury to a concentrated or large area of the brain.
- Oxygen Deprivation (anoxia): Not all TBIs are caused by head or skull trauma. They can also occur when the brain is deprived of oxygen, usually because of toxic substances such as carbon monoxide, drownings and birth injuries and can lead to significant disabilities.
Fetal and Birth Injuries A host of things can go wrong for a baby in utero and during the birth process, causing serious issues such as cerebral palsy; facial paralysis; oxygen deprivation/perinatal asphyxia; cephalohematoma; brachial plexus; fractured collarbones; caput succedaneum; hemorrhages; spinal cord injuries; fetal folic acid deficiency and more.
Free Consultation with Our Experienced Springfield Injury Lawyers – Experts in Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery
If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury because of the negligence, recklessness or intentional actions of another, it’s critical that you speak to an attorney at A Good Law Firm® immediately before evidence disappears, memories fade and the Massachusetts statute of limitations on personal injury expires.
During a free, no obligation consultation, we’ll listen carefully to what happened, review any medical reports or other documents you have, and assess your potential case. If we determine your injury would have been prevented if the person or entity who caused it had behaved responsibly, we may be able to take legal action to make them pay and accept your case on a contingency basis. That means there will never be any up-front cost to you because we’ll only get paid when we monetarily settle your case.
The brain injury attorneys at A Good Law Firm® have 40+ years’ experience representing brain injured people and their families in Springfield and throughout Massachusetts.
Contact us today at 413.736.1616 to begin the battle for the compensation required to move forward after a traumatic brain injury or send us a message on our confidential contact form to learn more about the options for recovery ahead.
- Center for Disease Control Report: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/ss/ss6609a1.htm