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Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matt Arnold answers the question: ” What should I do if I’m injured as a passenger in a car accident?”

The human brain is essential to our every day functioning. It controls our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Without the brain, the human body does not function. As such, injuries that involve the brain need to be taken seriously and treated quickly. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are serious injuries that occur not only in North Carolina, but across the entire United States. Not every traumatic brain injury is blatantly obvious. Even if symptoms do not manifest right away or to the naked eye, it is important to be on the lookout for potential injury. Know the signs of brain injury and common causes of injury so that you can look out for yourself and your loved ones.

Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matthew R. Arnold of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question “What exactly is a wrongful death claim?”


Joseph Chernach started playing in a Pop Warner football league in 1997, when he was eleven-years-old. By the time he stopped playing three years later, his brain had been so badly damaged by repetitive trauma that as a young man, he developed a form of dementia only normally seen in much older adults.

Coach and player Charlotte Injury Attorney North Carolina accident LawyerChernach’s troubles began during his sophomore year at Central Michigan University. His mother, Debra Pyka, told the Daily Mail that Chernach’s behavior began to grow “increasingly bizarre.” Eventually, he stopped attending university classes and began living with his brother and some friends.

“He just could not stay in one place at once,” Pyka said. Chernach became moody, paranoid and distrustful even of close friends and family. On June 6, 2012, he committed suicide in his mother’s shed. An autopsy revealed that Chernach had suffered from a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy and post-concussion syndrome.

Following Chernach’s death, Pyka brought a wrongful death lawsuit against the organizer of the youth football leagues where she claims her son sustained his brain injuries.

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