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Head Injuries Most Common in Massachusetts

Posted on September 27, 2017
by David P. McCormack

David P. McCormack

According to a Boston Magazine article published earlier this year, Massachusetts residents sustain more documented head injuries than anywhere else in the country.

It is not surprising that we rise above average in rates of diagnosis. State mandated head injury education and reporting requirements in schools increase awareness. Cutting-edge practices at our hospitals is improving detection and diagnosis. The result? More frequent diagnosis and proper treatment for concussions in children.

Liability in personal injury cases for head injuries suffered by athletes is often disputed due to the inherently dangerous nature of sporting activities. In one well-known case, claims for sports related injuries – including head injuries – brought by former NFL players led to a $1 billion settlement. Seemingly a solution, the agreement was followed by a wave of litigation as insurance companies looked for ways to avoid paying.

Although football-related traumatic brain injuries are in the news a lot, they’re not the only affected sport. CDC research found that basketball, bicycling, and horseback riding were some top causes among kids and teens. 

While sports are obvious sources of head injuries, any traumatic event – like car crashes and collisions – can cause concussions. Be aware of the potential; if in doubt, see a doctor or urgent care clinic.

Symptoms of a concussion include:

  • Headache and pressure in the head
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Dizziness, nausea, or vomiting
  • Confusion and trouble concentrating
  • Forgetfulness
  • Feeling and appearing dazed or fatigued

Head injuries should be evaluated by a medical professional as early as possible. Don’t let an insurance company pressure you to “close” a claim. Brain injuries can cause long-term problems. You may be entitled to compensation, not just for immediate health care but for long-term effects.

If you or a loved one has suffered a concussion or other head injury as the result of an accident, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you get fair and just compensation for a traumatic brain injury.

SUGARMAN’s team of personal injury attorneys has decades of experience representing injured clients and is here to help. To get more information about bringing a claim, call us at 617-542-1000, email us at, or fill out a Contact Form.