“It’s in God’s hands,” are words no parent ever wants to hear. Seven years ago, a Meriden child was struck by a car as she walked along the road with two of her friends. The 13-year-old was thrown out of her shoes into a ditch. She was flown to Hartford Hospital where the doctors diagnosed her with several critical injuries including multiple skull fractures and a traumatic brain injury.
It was at this time that the nurses informed her parents that the doctors had done all they could. Miraculously, however, she came out of her coma after three weeks. Despite being alert, though, she had forgotten much of the general knowledge and skills that most of us take for granted. She had lost her ability to count and spell. Speaking was especially difficult. Now, seven years after the accident, the 20-year-old is in college studying to become a speech pathologist.
Her story is encouraging for anyone who has suffered a serious brain injury. The results, though, do not speak of the arduous road it took to get there. Years of frustrating rehabilitation and mounting medical expenses were required to restore her abilities, and she still struggles with certain aspects of the injury.
While medical advances have made it possible to live a productive life after a traumatic brain injury, the road to recovery is still extremely difficult. The point is, after all of the rehabilitation and recovery, certain limitations will always exist. This makes getting compensated for those limitations, especially when the victim is young, vital.
Local Hartford attorneys specialize in brain injury accidents. They know the extent of the damages that can occur and advocate for an award that covers not only the medical and rehab expenses, but also the reduction of earning ability over the remainder of the victim’s life. Victims and their families should consider retaining experienced legal counsel in order to potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages that could be critical years down the road.
Source: Eyewitness Three, “Meriden resident does not let traumatic brain injury stop her,“ Eric Parker, May 24, 2013