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9-year-old boy faces long recovery after traumatic brain injury

An accident that results in a brain injury can forever change the lives of the injured individual and his or her family members. Unexpected medical bills and the need to create a plan for future care may make the road to recovery especially difficult for family members coping with their loved one's brain injury. However, there is hope for New York families in this situation. Recently, a boy suffering a traumatic brain injury was able to return home.

The 9-year-old boy who suffered the brain injury returned home after two months in the hospital. The boy sustained injuries as a result of a car crash. At that time, he was taken to a local hospital and placed in a pediatric intensive care unit.

Even though the boy's condition has stabilized, there is still a long way to recovery. He still has rigorous physical therapy to work through, which is one of the main reasons his community has banded together to help raise funds.

There are two main types of brain injuries: open and closed. Open brain injuries refer to an individual's skull being fractured. However, the skull is not fractured in a closed brain injury. Closed brain injuries may involve the swelling of the brain and the possibility of blood clots in the skull. Yet, regardless of the type, paralysis, unconsciousness and death can result from a brain injury.

An individual suffering a brain injury after an accident could receive compensation for treatment of the injury and rehabilitation. When individuals seek compensation for their brain injury, they should have a medical evaluation, which can help assess the full extent of the brain damage.

Overall, a brain injury could affect an individual's ability to carry out day-to-day activities. Therefore, financial assistance will help with an individual's rehabilitation and recovery.

Source: Avon Patch, "Noah Comes Home: Two Months After Accident, Road to Recovery Continues," Lori E. Switaj, Jan. 7, 2013

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