When a loved one in New York or elsewhere suffers a traumatic brain injury, it may difficult for family members to make long-term decisions on behalf of the injured person. It may be challenging figuring out how to financially provide for long-term care and rehabilitation for the victim, as well as determining if there is a viable claim against the person whose negligent acts led to the injuries. Recently, a woman discussed her journey after suffering a traumatic brain injury.
A woman is on the road to recovery after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a bicycle accident. After the incident, the woman had to learn how to learn how to organize her thoughts and speech. Through her recovery, the woman would like to raise awareness of brain injuries and how to prevent them. One way to prevent brain injuries is to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle. Wearing a helmet can reportedly reduce an individual’s injuries by more than 80 percent. While the woman sustained broken bones from her accident, her recovery will be longer as a result of her traumatic brain injury.
Every year, almost 100,000 people in the United States suffer brain injuries that require medical assistance. Those suffering brain injuries may require financial assistance for their injuries; a medical evaluation of the individual’s injuries and level of impairment may be necessary to determine the amount of compensation an individual may need. Some factors that may be considered in a medical evaluation include whether the individual is able to work, whether the individual is able to live independently and what type of rehabilitation the individual may need.
The road to recovery after an individual has sustained a traumatic brain injury in an accident may be challenging for the injured and their loved ones. However, like the woman above, raising awareness of how brain injuries are caused and how to prevent them may assist in an individual’s recovery.
Additionally, if a traumatic brain injury is caused by the negligence of another person, the injury victim may have recourse through a personal injury lawsuit. The victim may be entitled to recover damages, including compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and other similar expenses.
Source: CBS Boston, “Brain Injury: My Road To Recovery – Raising Awareness,” Mary Blake, Feb. 22, 2013