Beata Swierczynski, the wife of a North Easton man who was struck by an iron grate while driving on Route 128 in Massachusetts last July, is suing five companies for her husband’s personal injuries.
Pawel “Paul” Swierczynski, an engineer, sustained serious injuries, including a traumatic brain injury, after the 250-pound grate crashed into the windshield of his car and hit him on the head.
Paul sustained broken bones, a gash on his head, bleeding inside his skull, and a brain injury. For awhile, he needed a ventilator to breathe properly. Doctors feared he would be paralyzed when he couldn’t move the left side of his body.
Paul, who finally returned home last week, is not the same man. He wears a back brace that encases his chest down to his pelvis. He is afraid of nearly everything and is emotionally traumatized by the accident. He gets headaches when he tries to read and talking can be overwhelming to him.
Neurologists have advised Paul not to work for at least a year. They don’t know whether his condition will improve.
Beata says she expects to be the family’s only breadwinner and a single parent to their 5-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son for many months to come.
Massachusetts’s transportation officials issued a report last week that blamed engineering mistakes as the cause for the bizarre accident, which occurred at an area of the highway in Westwood where roadwork had forced traffic into the lane that was directly over the grate. A truck that drove by had caused the grate to fly into the air. Beata is suing the five companies that were involved in the roadwork project.
Beata and Paul have known each other since they were children living in Poland.
If you or someone you love is seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident or any other kind of injury accident because other parties were negligent, you should speak with a personal injury attorney right away. A personal injury attorney can file a claim or lawsuit against the negligent parties and obtain recovery for medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, rehabilitation expenses, ongoing medical care, and other related damages.
Traumatic brain injuries can be very devastating for the injured person and his or her family. TBIs can also be very expensive to treat. Ongoing costs for rehabilitation and special care can be hard to cover on your own-especially if the injured person was the breadwinner of the family. Not only is the life of the victim drastically changed, but so are the lives of family members and friends.
You and your family deserve compensation for the pain and suffering and loss caused by the accident.
TBIs can also be difficult to prove, which is why you need an experienced personal injury lawyer that knows how to handle brain injuries cases and has access to medical experts that understand TBIs.
Paralysis, permanent memory loss, emotional and psychological trauma, personality changes, sensory loss, and the inability to perform certain functions are just some of the serious outcomes that can result from having a TBI.
After grate accident, a dream shatters, Boston.com, September 27, 2007
Related Web Resources:
NINDS Traumatic Brain Injury Information Page, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes
What is Traumatic Brain Injury?, CDC.gov