In certain situations, when a person suffers a traumatic brain injury, it may not be apparent until days after the incident. Because this can be an issue when trying to establish fault for the injury, those who may have sustained one in Springfield, Massachusetts should be checked out by medical personnel who can properly test for it.
If a woman had done this, she might have saved herself a lot of headache in trying to ensure that she is properly compensated for her injuries. The 39-year-old was knocked unconscious by one of the bombs at the Boston Marathon earlier this year. Instead of seeking medical attention, though, she walked home.
She was later seen by a physician who determined that she had suffered a traumatic brain injury which left her with blurry vision and a constant ringing in her ears. Because of her injury, her quality of life has greatly decreased. The simple things she used to be able to do like cook dinner or do her laundry are now a struggle.
Although a charity fund was set up to help victims of the bombing, because the woman did not seek medical attention directly after the incident, she received only $8,000. This only covers a fraction of the medical expenses that she has already amassed.
The woman plans to join other victims in petitioning the fund to take into account injuries like hers that were not apparent right away. If her petition does not yield results, the woman may wish to seek out the advice of a personal injury lawyer to help her with her case and work to ensure that she is properly compensated for her injuries.
Source: The Washington Post, “Brain-injured woman and others seek more money from fund for Boston Marathon victims,” Lenny Bernstein, Oct. 2, 2013