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images-1-1Injuries to the head and brain are commonly seen in car accidents and are among the most serious injuries that can occur.  Unlike a broken bone or a muscle sprain, these injuries do not typically have a clear course of recovery and can be extremely complicated to treat, even under expert medical care.

Causes and Symptoms of Head Injuries

A traumatic brain injury, otherwise known as a TBI, is a particularly severe head injury. The causes of these vary, but they may be the result of a fall, motor vehicle accident, or an attack.  A TBI may be experienced in a car accident when a person’s head collides with the steering wheel or dash inside their vehicle during the impact of the crash.  The most common symptom of a TBI is a headache experienced shortly after the trauma.  Other symptoms include dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, light sensitivity and inability to focus.  The symptoms of a TBI may not be readily apparent for several days.  Symptoms can seem minimal at first and then become progressively worse over the course of days or weeks if left untreated.

There is a common misconception that a person needs to be knocked unconscious to suffer a concussion or even a traumatic brain injury, but this is simply not true.  We have seen many Boston personal injury lawsuits involving plaintiffs who suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI), without ever having lost consciousness in an accident.

Boston personal injuryAs discussed in a recent news article from Neurology Advisor,  a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has shown mild traumatic brain injury which was not associated with a loss of consciousness still poses a significant risk for long-term dementia in trauma victims.   The study involved patients who were treated by facilities associated with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), all of whom had been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. All of these patients had a normal baseline, meaning they did not have any prior traumatic brain injury.  Continue reading

There are many personal injury attorneys in the greater Boston area.  Unfortunately for many clients, despite what they may say on their TV commercials, they are not going to do the job these clients deserve. Many of these attorneys will promise to get you money fast via a settlement. While there is nothing wrong with settling a case prior to trial, or even filing a court case, as most cases will settle, it is important to make sure you are fully aware of the scope of your injuries, any long-term or permanent damage, and the cost of treatment and rehabilitation.

Boston Personal Injury A perfect example of what can go wrong can be seen in what some would claim is a typical car accident. In this example, a plaintiff is stopped in traffic and the car behind her rear-ends her vehicle.  There is enough force to deploy the airbags, and she is suffering from extreme pain in her neck.  While the human body is very resilient, we tend to see a lot of injuries to the C-5 and C-6 discs of the cervical spine. This is the part of the spine located in the upper back and neck, and these injuries are what we commonly refer to as whiplash. Continue reading

Car accident injuries that can hang around for a lengthy time are traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. An impact to the head or skull can be Massachusetts personal injury attorney car accidentsevere. If the impact is strong enough, the victim will suffer problems with agility and simply being able to think normally again. Even a mild injury to the head can result in difficulty making ordinary movements or changes in personality. The brain is a sensitive yet marvelous organ, and any injury to it will take a long time to recover from as you will need to retrain yourself to do what you could do before.

Car accidents can cause catastrophic injury to the spine of the occupant. This means being paralyzed or simply losing the full mobility that you once had. When there is loss of movement, this also affects the muscles in that area and chronic pain can develop. Other complications that are not generally thought about, but occur often, are problems with internal organs, including the lungs and veins. It is rare to fully recover from a spinal cord injury.

 

 

If you have suffered severe injuries to the head or spine after a car accident call the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman right away at (617) 367-2900 to make sure your future medical costs are covered by the party at fault. Your attorney will determine, in conjunction with your doctor, how long you will need medical care. Your attorney will communicate with the insurance company after your accident to make sure that the long-term effects of your injury are paid for, and that any rehabilitation is covered.

 

On Friday, in the late evening in Bourne, an oxygen tank exploded causing severe scalding to Bourne Oxygen Tank Explosion Injurythe female resident’s face. First responders were dispatched to her home on Shore Road. The injuries were grave enough to require a MedFlight, however she was ultimately transported to Providence’s Rhode Island Hospital via ambulance.

Oxygen tanks contain oxygen under pressure. Oxygen tanks can be found in private residences to assist in breathing, and in commercial settings. These devices should be handled with care to prevent dropping or falling which can cause catastrophic injury from explosion. An improper collision, bang or blow to the oxygen tank will kindle the oxygen tank triggering an internal combustion resulting in the eruption. Anyone near the oxygen tank at that point is at risk of burns, exposure to toxic vapors, traumatic head injury, and even death from the force and shooting particulates.

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On April 12, 2018 a Massachusetts jury returned a verdict in favor of Brian Goodrich in the amount of $8.25 million. The award comes after years of litigation beginning in 2013 when Mr. Goodrich’s head was nearly Massachusetts Workplace Injury Results in $8.25M Jury Awardcrushed because the jack holding up a piece of equipment failed. He suffered horrendous injuries which  included facial disfigurement, blindness and loss of cognitive function.

The jury found, after hearing 11 days of testimony, that the company which designed the equipment was a majority at fault. Mr. Goodrich was changing the oil on the equipment meant to melt asphalt and fill cracks in the road. Although Mr. Goodrich acknowledged not using the safety pin with the jack which held the machine up, the company failed to include safety warnings and failed to manufacture the machine appropriately knowing such accidents were possible.

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Personal injury lawsuits in Boston can involve many different types of physical and emotional damages, but those involving traumatic brain injury (TBI) are often among the most serious. In some ways, such claims are comparable to wrongful death cases because survivors find life will never be the same.

Boston personal injurySome traumatic brain injury patients  will no longer be able to speak, walk or take care of themselves in any significant way.  We have adults that are basically reduced to the functional capacity of infants, requiring a lifetime of care and adaptation to a new way of life for the plaintiff and his or her family members.  In some cases, the plaintiff will be able to make a partial or complete recovery, but even that will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars if not upwards of a million dollars. Continue reading

New advances in traumatic brain injury diagnostics can help in obtaining damages for those affected, according to a recently-released study.

Traumatic brain injury or “TBI” as it often called, is a term that encompass several very serious medical conditions involving trauma to the brain. While it is hard to think of any brain injury that permanently changes one’s cognitive abilities, motor control, speech patterns, and ability to function on a basic level as anything but catastrophic, there is a medical condition known as mild traumatic brain injury or “mTBI.”

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) in Boston Personal Injury Cases

Boston brain injury lawsuits According to the Brain Injury Association of America, mild traumatic brain injury is a somewhat misleading term. It does not mean that the damage to the plaintiff’s brain was mild, but rather the injury that caused the brain injury were less severe than typical.  In other words, a serious brain injury can result from a seemingly minor injury, and that injury can result in very severe traumatic brain injuries, but there was a low chance of suspecting brain injury from the less severe looking injury.  This in terms leads to denials by insurance companies and claims that the plaintiff is malingering or even faking the brain injury in order to get compensation. Continue reading

According to a recent news report from the Daily Caller, Joe Scarborough’s 25-year-old son has just suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) after falling down a flight of steps.  He is currently in Bellevue Hospital in New York City.   Scarborough is currently working on a MSNBC show called “Morning Joe”’ along with co-host Mika Brzezinski.  Both Scarborough and his co-host have made a lot of headlines recently do to their ongoing feud with Donald Trump during this presidential election race.

brains-1426619Scarborough announced his son’s injury on his daily broadcast in which he said he son suffered the traumatic brain injury after landing on his head and fracturing his skull.  Scarborough has also said his son’s condition is now stable, but it was extremely “touch and go” for the first several hours after he was admitted to the hospital. Continue reading

According to a recent news feature form FierceBiotech, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have just agreed to provide $3 million to a biotech firm that is developing portable brain monitoring system.  The lab opened three years ago and is working on products that are portable and will be able to scan for signs of traumatic brain injury (TBI), dementia, and a type of stroke known as acute ischemic stroke.

doctor5The technology was originally being developed by UCLA, and the biotech company licensed the rights to it and is working to design a line of commercial models for sales to various consumers. While the wearable device is already in working order, before the company can market it, they must complete a series of clinical trials, and this grant will allow them to get those studies underway. Continue reading