Head trauma is always worrying, however minor it may seem. The effects of a brain injury do not always present themselves immediately, so victims are often left with concerns for weeks after their injury occurs. For those victims who find they have symptoms of a brain injury, matters are even more serious, as they may be left unable to perform everyday tasks or even require long-term care.
This is the sad possibility facing a young girl in Brooklyn who was hit by an SUV this July. The 9-year-old girl was walking with her mother and 12-year-old sister when the accident occurred. She suffered a traumatic brain injury, leaving her in a coma. Her sister was killed, while her mother was critically injured. The driver alleged to have hit the family, is believed to have been driving a stolen vehicle. He faces charges including assault and manslaughter.
The 9-year-old victim underwent surgery the day after the accident. She won't learn about the loss of her sister until she wakes up. Furthermore, she and her family will have to come to terms with any lasting damage caused by her brain injury. It is possible that the repercussions of the accident could affect this young girl for the rest of her life.
Sadly, this is the case for all too many people in New York and throughout the United States. If you suffer a brain injury, your first priority should be to seek medical attention. However, you may also want to consider pursuing compensation for your injuries, especially if they were caused by someone else's negligent or irresponsible actions. An attorney may be able to assist you in building your case and seeking a fair settlement.
Source: New York Post, "Sister of girl killed in hit-and-run is in a coma," Georgett Roberts and Lia Eustachewich, July 4, 2014