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Traumatic Brain Injuries and Lawsuits in Western MA (Chicopee, Northampton & Springfield Area)
Presented by Attorney Robert W. Shute, Personal Injury Lawyer
Traumatic brain injuries are among the most life-altering injuries that a person can sustain. When we think of brain injuries we tend to think of cases where there has been a skull fracture and a visible injury to the brain. Extremely serious brain injuries can occur, however, with hardly any, or even no visible signs that the brain has been injured. Whenever there is an impact to your head, whether in a car crash, from a fall, from a sport, an explosion or otherwise, the motion of your head stops (or starts) suddenly from the impact. Inside the skull, the sudden impact also stops the momentum of the brain. Since the brain is a relatively soft mass, the brain tissue and nerves can twist and compress against the skull as they rapidly come to a stop, causing microscopic tears in the brain. Surprisingly, the inside surface of the skull has some rough ridges. These can worsen the injury and can even cause damage to parts of the brain that are not near the point of impact to the skull. This can occur because parts of the brain that are not near the impact site can pull away from the skull, causing additional microscopic tears.
These injuries have many symptoms including memory problems, loss of concentration, personality changes, and severe headaches. Severe cases, of course, can cause coma or death. Some people who have a brain injury are aware of it themselves while other people do not realize they have symptoms until they are told by family members or friends. The impact of a traumatic brain injury on the life of the victim and his or her loved ones can be devastating. For one thing, the ability to work can be severely diminished or extinguished, and the injury can have huge effects on home and personal life.
Some of the situations in which brain injuries commonly occur include car and other motor vehicle accidents, slips and falls – especially from heights or onto hard surfaces, physical violence – fights and assaults, and sports mishaps.
As with many other injuries, using your seat belt is one of your best defenses against brain injury. I also strongly encourage you to wear appropriate head protection when you ride a bike, rollerblade, play contact sports, enter a construction area, or do any other activities where you could suffer a potential head injury.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a traumatic brain injury that resulted from someone’s negligence, carelessness, or other misconduct, you might well have a valid lawsuit to pursue. In virtually all cases, it is highly advisable for the victim of such damage to secure legal assistance. At the Law Office of Robert W. Shute, I have over 25 years of legal experience focused specifically on personal injury issues including traumatic brain and head injuries. Contact the office through this website or by calling 413-592-0999 so we can set up a free, no-obligation evaluation in which I can assess the particulars of your case and we will determine how to proceed. The office is conveniently located in downtown Chicopee, MA (in the greater Springfield area), but if your mobility is limited I will come to your home or convalescent facility.
Additional information can be obtained by visiting the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts.