Many local residents who have suffered Illinois brain injuries have explained that the consequences of the injury are mysterious, long-lasting, and stressful. Every brain injury is a bit different, but they all usually affect its victims in ways that make their own lives and the lives of their families much more complicated. To deal with the injury and its aftermath, it is very important for victims to have access to support services that they need filled with individuals who understand what they are going through. Yet, access to those services is actually harder to obtain than many might first suspect.
That is why one local mother it taking things into her own hands. According to Commercial News, the Danville woman first learned about the life-changing effects of brain injuries ten years ago when she and her son were involved in a car accident. The mother was taking her son to school on that fateful day ten years ago in early January when her car skid on black ice, she lost control and the vehicle careened off the road and into a tree. The son in the backseat suffered significant facial and head injuries. CT scans of the boy’s head revealed early on that he had suffered significant head trauma. He ultimately required five months of intensive physical, occupational, and speech therapy.
The family soon discovered that the damage done to the boy’s head had dramatic changes on his life-his personality, emotions, behavior and judgment we all altered. Many victims will have symptoms for the rest of their life. For example, the boy in this case-now a recent high school graduate-will have problems showing appropriate emotions, has impulsiveness issues, cannot work with numbers, and can become overwhelmed with overstimulation.
As the mother explained, brain injuries cannot be seen by the naked eye, so it is sometimes hard to understand exactly what a victim is dealing with. The effects on the victim’s family are also underappreciated. The mother in this case was actually diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after the accident. She explains that she still feels guilty about the accident, even though there was nothing she could have done to prevent it. The victim’s mother explains her own life was forever changed in the aftermath. Yet, she is working to help others deal with the stress of these situations. She is sponsoring a support group for caregivers of traumatic brain injury victims.
The Chicago injury attorneys at Levin & Perconti works with many victims of Illinois head injuries that have been injured because of the negligence of another. Car accidents are the single biggest cause of head injuries in our area, and more often than not an accident can be traced back to the negligence of another. As all families who have experienced these injuries know, the costs (financially, emotionally, socially, and physically) can be quite extensive. It is important for victims to have the resources available to receive all that they need to make themselves as much like their former selves as possible.
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