Providence Brain Injury Lawyer

As the command center of the body, the brain is arguably the most important organ, controlling bodily functions, movement, decision-making, and consciousness. The skull protects the brain from injuries. Despite this protection, the CDC reports that in 2019, 223,135 individuals suffered brain injuries serious enough to warrant hospitalization, and 64,362 died. 


The law firm of Marasco & Nesselbush, LLP is passionate about helping those injured due to the negligence of others. While we understand that no amount of compensation can reverse the damage, compensation can provide brain injury victims with financial security and access to vital ongoing medical treatment. 

$6,200,000 Awarded

to a client who sustained serious injuries in a rollover crash caused by a distracted driver.

$4,500,000 Awarded

for a client who sustained a traumatic brain injury in a car crash.


for the estate of a woman who passed as a result of surgical negligence.

What is a traumatic brain injury?

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a sudden head injury that causes brain damage. TBIs are classified as mild, moderate, or severe. 

Closed-head brain injuries occur as the result of a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Penetrating brain injuries occur when objects penetrate the skull, such as in gunshot wounds. 

Deprivation of oxygen to the brain because of a stroke, medical malpractice, or other cause can also lead to severe brain injuries. These are considered non-traumatic brain injuries and are sometimes called anoxic or hypoxic brain injuries. 

Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury

Symptoms of a mild TBI include the following:

Brief unconsciousness
Brief unconsciousness
blurred vision

Blurred vision

ringing in the ears

Ringing in the ears






sleep changes

Sleep changes



mood changes

Mood changes

Symptoms of a moderate or severe TBI are listed below:

•    Persistent headache
•    Nausea or vomiting
•    Seizures
•    Coma
•    Dilated pupils

•    Slurred speech
•    Confusion
•    Agitation
•    Limb weakness or numbness
•    Loss of coordination

What are the most common causes of TBIs in Providence?

According to the Rhode Island Department of Health, unintentional falls and motor vehicle accidents are common causes of traumatic brain injury. 


The Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island reports that unintentional falls are the leading cause of brain injuries in the state, with older adults presenting the highest risk. 

Automobile Accidents

Rhode Island car accidents resulted in 313 serious injuries and 59 fatalities in 2018, with 46 fatalities in Providence County. Traffic-related injuries account for 14% of traumatic brain injuries in Rhode Island.  

Dangerous Roads in Providence

The most dangerous roads in Providence are in high-traffic areas:

I-95 Exit 18 in Providence (Thurbers Avenue) and Exit 20 (Point Street) 

Memorial Boulevard in downtown Providence 

Broad Street is a dangerous area for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians, with speeding being a common factor. 

What is the prognosis for traumatic brain injury?

Mild traumatic brain injuries usually self-resolve without treatment. However, careful observation at home is required, and medical recommendations for return to work or sports activities should be closely followed.  

Moderate to severe TBIs often lead to permanent disability, memory loss, long-term coma, or other health challenges. They usually require long-term rehabilitation to treat ongoing health concerns, learn strategies to adapt to the disabilities, and if possible, relearn skills that will enable the performance of some daily activities. 

What should I do if my loved one or I have a potential brain injury?

Seek immediate medical attention, especially if you experience symptoms. Call 911 for immediate assistance.  

Providence is home to many full-service hospitals with emergency departments: 

  1. The Andrew F. Anderson Emergency Center at Rhode Island Hospital – the only Level 1 Trauma Center in southeastern New England – (401) 444-5411 
  2. The Roger Williams Medical Center – (401) 456-2000 
  3. The Miriam Hospital – (401) 793-2500 

Additionally, Kent Hospital in Warwick offers inpatient rehabilitation services and outpatient rehabilitation through Spaulding Rehab, their Pawtucket location. 

How much compensation can I receive for my TBI case?

Estimating compensation would be impossible without knowing the details of your case. Traumatic brain injury survivors often recover significant compensation due to the catastrophic impacts of their injuries and their ongoing medical expenses.  

Providence residents can receive up to three types of compensation.

  • Economic damages. This includes medical bills and the cost of ongoing medical treatment. Economic damages also include property damages and lost earnings, including future earnings. 
  • Non-economic damages. Non-economic damages are non-monetary personal losses, such as pain and suffering, loss of society, and loss of enjoyment of life.
  • Punitive damages. These damages are only awarded in cases of intentional or blatantly negligent conduct, awarded as a punishment and deterrent to the defendant. 


If your loved one has passed away because of a traumatic brain injury, your family can file a wrongful death claim and recover damages equivalent to the pecuniary value of the decedent’s life, pain, and suffering of the deceased, loss of companionship, and loss of consortium.  

How long do I have to file a
Providence personal injury claim?

The Rhode Island statute of limitations for personal injury cases and wrongful death cases is three years. Your attorney will require a significant amount of time to investigate and build your case. It is imperative that you contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after the injury. 

How can a brain injury attorney
help me with my traumatic brain
injury case?

Traumatic brain injury cases in Rhode Island require the expertise of an experienced personal injury attorney with a deep understanding of personal injury laws and the lifetime costs of a TBI.  

Insurance companies and lawyers representing the opposing party may try to persuade you to prematurely accept a low settlement offer, especially if they know you are without legal representation. They may even resort to tactics to induce you to make statements or sign documents that bar you from receiving compensation.

An experienced attorney can provide sound legal advice and negotiate on your behalf.

Why is the law office of Marasco and Nesselbush, LLP the best choice?

Our law firm was established in 1999. We quickly built a reputation for success as a result of our sincere and heartfelt dedication to our clients in conjunction with our honesty, integrity, and work ethic. Our reputation is now well-established in the legal community. We have recovered over $100 million for our clients, including the following: 

  • $1.5 million for a family whose 19-year-old son died tragically of an undiagnosed brain injury
  • $1 million to a youth who suffered a TBI after being struck by a drunk driver
  • $1 million recovery for a young child in Providence who suffered a brain injury from a fall due to the negligence of a landlord. 

As a result of our strong litigation skills in multiple practice areas, attorneys and insurance adjusters for the opposing party often offer our clients fair settlements early in the negotiation process to avoid facing us in court. 

We are also proud supporters of numerous charities throughout our state and in Providence, through volunteerism and donations. Here are just a few of the worthy organizations we support: 

We offer free consultations and only charge a fee for our legal services after we win you compensation. 

Our Providence office is located at: 

685 Westminster Street Providence, RI 02903 

Our award-winning team of attorneys has consistently earned prestigious recognition by our peers as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Together, we have over 300 years of experience. 

Call us at (401) 443-2999 or contact us online today to schedule your free initial consultation. 

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Communication is key for me, and my M&N team was on point with the level of communication they provided. The get-well cards and flowers after surgery were just a special touch that brightened my day. I wasn’t treated like another number or another case, they really made me feel like family. They really care for you and your wellbeing. Words will never express but I will forever be grateful for all they have done for me. Thank you !!!!!”

Heather P.

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