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Traumatic brain injuries do not only affect athletes

The effects of repeated hits to professional athletes such as football players has received a lot of news coverage as of late. The cumulative effects of the concussions athletes receive can lead to traumatic brain injuries. It may not surprise many people in Massachusetts to know that the two other leading causes of these injuries are falls and car accidents with the greatest percentage attributable to car crashes.

At first glance, a person involved in a car wreck may appear uninjured. Further testing could reveal a serious injury, such as a traumatic brain injury. This was the case of a woman involved in an accident in Nov. 2011. She suffered a severe brain injury that was likened to Shaken Baby Syndrome.

After being in a coma for nearly a month, the woman awoke and needed to relearn how to talk and walk. Her life was forever changed. At the time of the collision, she was one semester away from a degree. For the first time since her accident, the woman is able to consider completing her degree.

These types of injuries can easily change the course of a person's life. Recovery can be a long road, if a victim is able to recover at all. Some people require lifelong care and assistance in performing even the most basic tasks.

The costs associated with traumatic brain injuries cause financial problems for the victims and their families. If the injury was suffered in an accident where another party is deemed responsible, it may be possible to file a personal injury claim in accordance with Massachusetts law seeking financial restitution. If such a claim is successful, the injured party may be awarded damages such as medical expenses, both present and future, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Source: wate.com, Car crashes are second leading cause of traumatic brain injury, Lori Tucker, Feb. 4, 2014

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