One of the most common causes of Illinois brain injuries that our Chicago brain injury attorneys have seen through the years involve auto accidents. Most of these injuries are caused by severe trauma to the head. When an individual is thrown around at high speeds after being involved in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, that trauma often results. Many local residents have had their lives turned upside down in an instant after suffering one of these injuries following a traffic accident.
As we have frequently reported, there remain precious few scientifically viable treatments for many brain injuries. Medical experts are still hard at work unraveling the mysteries of the human brain, and therefore many of these victims never fully recover to their normal selves. Instead they are forced to spend years relearning many things, and even then, some skills remain out of grasp. However, out of tragedy often comes triumph, and many brain injury victims have made the most of their situation and are working to help other struggling through the consequences of these injuries.
The Sheboygan Press published a story this week that shares the story of a man whose life changed forever when he suffered a traumatic brain injury following a car accident. In April 2005, the man reports that he was stopped an intersection of two highways when his small car was rear-ended by an 80,000 pound semi trailer truck. At first the man thought he was going to escape the accident relatively unscathed. He had a CT scan at the hospital, and everything seemed fine. His doctors told him that his headaches and dizziness should go away.
Unfortunately, they never did.
Instead the man reports that he slowly began having trouble doing basic tasks. He began wandering around his office forgetting where he was or what he was doing. Eventually he was diagnosed with a closed-head trauma caused by the car accident. It has now been six years and he is still working to get his life back to normal. However, as unfortunate as the situation is, the victim in this case has used the situation as a call to advocacy. He is working now to educate others about the effects of traumatic brain injuries and to raise funds to help finds better treatments for victims.
As this man explained, the lack of awareness of these injuries is particularly troublesome, because many people are suffering with the problem and not receiving proper treatment. Far too often victims are not aware that they have actually suffered a serious injury. Instead they simply believe that they have a personal failing and are not able to act normally. It is very important for these individuals to take steps to improve their lives. While a “cure” may not exist, steps can certainly be taken to help brain injury victims function better within society and handle the unique ways that injury affects them. As one leader in the field summarized, “Brain injury is always different and it’s always unpredictable. And you have to take it on a case-by-case basis and really come to get to know the person as they are after the brain injury and not expect them to be what they were prior to the injury.”
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