Traumatic Brain Injury


Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can occur in any situation where the head is subjected to extreme force and can result in extreme, complex challenges in both the short- and long-term. So why settle for one Boston brain injury lawyer when you can have a team? And why trust your case with a personal injury law firm that lacks Sheff & Cook’s in-depth experience?

Senior Partner Doug Sheff has been a leader in brain injury litigation for decades. He founded the Traumatic Brain Injury Task Force, a group of physicians, workplace safety groups, government and court officials and attorneys who focus on those suffering from the impacts of a traumatic brain injury. Doug also holds TBI-related leadership positions nationally, including Governor of the American Association of Justice and Executive Committee of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group.

We have been the leader among greater Boston’s lawyers in handling traumatic brain injury cases for decades. In fact, we are pioneers in the field, excelling in these specialized cases since the early 1980s. Our firm has established a reputation as a superior brain injury law firm in Boston and indeed anywhere in the country. Other attorneys regularly refer their brain injury cases to us. 

We bring decades of experience to each client, as well as a plethora of brain injury specialists who can be called in to assist in settlement or testify if a brain trauma case goes to trial. Our team works with doctors around the country to utilize cutting-edge neuropsychological testing and advanced technology such Diffuse Tensor Imaging, Volumetrics, PET, and other modalities which can make all the difference in proving your case by allowing us to visually demonstrate your injuries to a judge, jury, insurance company or anywhere we must prove your case. We can help prove the invisible when it comes to detecting a brain injury.

In addition, we recognize that the long-term effects of TBI can last a lifetime and we develop detailed long-term plans for our clients to help them get the results they need to cover future living and treatment expenses.

Additional Information

What is Traumatic Brain Injury?

Any accidents or injury that causes the brain to impact the skull walls or stretch brain tissue can cause a TBI, even if there are no visible external signs of a head injury. TBIs can be caused by any impact to the head resulting from truck and car crashes, workplace accidents, falls, explosions, sports injuries, and more.

While an MRI or a CT Scan can assist in demonstrating a brain injury, many times they do not and all too often more sophisticated testing must be done to identify and fully understand this type of brain damage.

Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury

Immediate symptoms of a TBI may include the following:

  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness and/or confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Abnormal speech patterns
  • Loss of coordination
  • Memory loss
  • Emotional irritability
  • Personality changes
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Depression

In the long-term, victims of traumatic brain injury can also find themselves at increased risk for Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). The CDC has reported that there are roughly 2.5 million traumatic brain injuries in the United States every year, including 280,000 hospitalizations, 50,000 deaths and 2.2 million emergency room visits.

Sheff & Cook’s Approach

Every brain injury case at Sheff & Cook is handled by a team of lawyers and specialists who will guide you and your family through each step of the legal process. We communicate quickly and we provide additional assistance beyond your legal representation. When you choose Sheff & Cook as your Boston traumatic brain injury attorney, you get a team that delivers the highest levels of service with the utmost compassion and care for your well-being.

United in the fight for justice after personal injury and wrongful death, with nearly a billion dollars recovered for our clients.

Contact Info

The Daniel Webster Suite
Ten Tremont Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02108

Phone: +1 (617) 227-7000

Toll Free: +1 (888) 423-4477

Fax: +1 (617) 227-8833


Office Hours

Monday: 9:00am-5:00pm

Tuesday: 9:00am-5:00pm

Wednesday: 9:00am-5:00pm

Thursday: 9:00am-5:00pm

Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm

Saturday: By Appointment

Sunday: By Appointment