Car accident brain injuries are perhaps the most common way that community members suffer head trauma. Our Chicago injury attorneys know that auto accidents are the most frequent way that most demographic groups suffer preventable injury of all kinds. This is particularly true of younger residents, as children and teens are more likely to be killed in automobile accident than any other way. Considering the frequency with which these incidents strike, it is to be expected that many of those who are victimized in a car accident suffer head trauma and traumatic brain injuries.
The consequences of these injuries can affect child victims for a lifetime. Penn Live recently shared the story one teen whose life was turned upside down when he suffered a brain injury after a car accident. The victim was only seventeen years old when his car slid off the road and slammed into a telephone poll and nearby tree. A neighbor heard the crash and called emergency officials. When they arrived they immediately transported the teen to a nearby hospital, noting that he had suffered “Level 1 Trauma.” He was soon diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury.
The victim seemed to have few injuries, because his physical body suffered no major damage. However, the head trauma alone was life-threatening. He was in a coma for nearly two weeks. The process of waking from a coma after a brain injury is much different from the movies. Instead of a sudden rush, it is a slow process that involved period of consciousness and unconsciousness. However, for this teen, and many other like him, when full consciousness does return, many basic tasks must be relearned.
For example, when this teen victim finally had his feeding tube pulled out, he at first could not talk. He had to use hand signals until he relearned the way to communicate orally. However, the process is not seamless. The brain injury mixes up pathways and makes it difficult to connect thought to words or actions. Many basic things learned as a developing child are lost, sometimes permanently, and sometime only until they are relearned. The young teen in this case is still working on relearning everything he once knew, but he is optimistic about the outcome. However, there are some things that he unquestionable can no longer do. The consequences could be deadly if he suffers another blow to the head. That is why certain physical sports or particularly aggressive horseplay is out of the questions.
Our Illinois brain injury attorneys know all too well the immense challenges facing these victims. When the injury itself is connected to the negligence of another-such as a car accident caused by another’s mistake-then the law allows the victim and their family to recover for their loss. The costs of these injuries are high, not only in financial terms, but also in social, emotional, and physical ones. Families working through this situation should know that they are not alone. Help exists. Please get in touch with our office if you or someone you know is in this situation. For no fee, we can explain how the law might apply in your case and take steps to ensure that your legal rights are protected.
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