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New Hartford woman receive medical care for possible head injury

A severe car accident on Route 44 in Barkhamsted this past week resulted in a victim being airlifted to the Hartford Hospital. According to reports, the 46-year-old New Hartford woman was struck by a large pickup truck as she merged onto the highway. Emergency personnel had to cut the woman's vehicle open to extricate her and a 16-year-old passenger from the car.

The older victim was taken by Life Star to Hartford Hospital with possible head injuries. The 16-year-old and the driver of the pickup, meanwhile, were taken to the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in nearby Torrington for medical care as a precaution for possible injuries.

Reports from the site of the accident described a grisly scene with blood still visible on a deflated airbag. State police, however, are still investigating to determine the cause of the crash.

While authorities hone in on the cause of the collision, the family members of the victim are no doubt focused on her recovery from a possible head injury. While minor to mild concussions are common in any vehicular accident, more serious head trauma can also occur

A brain injury can vary wildly in short and long-term consequences. Some victims are able to bounce back almost immediately, while others are forced to live with a permanent disability.

Given the potential for such an injury to materially alter a person's way of life, families of traumatic brain injury victims often wonder how they can make it work. As medical bills pile up without any offsetting earnings from the victims, this is more than a fair question.

A personal injury lawsuit could provide one avenue for relief. By pursuing this option the recovery of a monetary award is possible.

Source: The Register Citizen, "New Hartford woman taken by Life Star to hospital in Barkhamsted crash," Shako Liu, June 6, 2014

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