When discussing Illinois traumatic brain injuries most focus is around the medical advances related to preventing and treating the consequences of the harm. In addition, we often mention the legal issues that sometime are at play with those who suffer these injuries. Traumatic brain injuries are often caused by negligent conduct. Whenever negligence is at play, the law often allows those hurt an avenue to seek redress for their losses in an attempt to make them as “whole” as possible after the injury.
But beyond the medical and legal discussions, it is crucial not to forget that traumatic brain injuries have very real day-to-day consequences on individual families and their communities. The real-life effects of these injuries were the subject of a recent article in the Rocklin & Roseville Today. The article shared the story of one woman in that area who fell victim to one of these injuries. The fifty-four year old woman was walking in a crosswalk to get across a street. She was only a few steps from the sidewalk when a large van came upon her. The driver of the van did not see her and so the van slammed into her body.
She suffered a serious brain injury. The consequences were severe. The woman explains that she and her husband own a family farm. Before the accident the woman was counted on to do a wide range of tasks to keep the farm going, from managing the hog born and driving a tractor to doing the family income taxes.
But that all changed after the accident. She notes that she “couldn’t drive a tractor. It just would have taken too much concentration since you have to use both feet. So my husband ended up having to sell his cows and get a (second) job. I wasn’t able to help him farm anymore. So what was he going to do?” Our Chicago brain injury attorneys know that many families in our area have had their work and financial situations turned upside down as a result of injuries like this which happen the blink of an eye-often via car accidents.
The family in this case had three children: two teenagers and six year old boy at the time of the accident. As a result of the injury the children’s lives were also turned around. They were forced to take on much more responsibility. Housework, for example, needed to be done even though the woman couldn’t do many of the tasks herself.
The community as a whole was also affected. The woman had founded a free tax counseling services for the elderly and those with low incomes. However, she could no longer do the necessary volunteer work after the injury. She even had to stop her active role in the local PTA because of the consequences of the TBI.
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident or any other incident, please remember that help is available. In certain circumstances legal actions might be appropriate to ensure that resources are available to help ensure recover occurs as quickly and fully as possible.
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