When a person suffers a brain injury in Philadelphia, it can have a devastating effect on his life and the life of his family and close friends. Brain injuries can range from mild to severe and affect each person differently. The symptoms of mild brain injury may include confusion, nausea, headaches, and memory problems, while severe brain injuries have a much more life-changing effect and can interfere with a personâ€™s normal mental functioning.
A former Emporia State University exchange student suffered a severe brain injury after being hit by an automobile while crossing the street on November 1, 2012. She was transported to the hospital where she went into cardiac arrest multiple times and slipped into a coma for 10 weeks. Her hospital stay lasted four months.
After she was released from the hospital, the 24-year-oldâ€™s mother and nurse accompanied her on a flight home to Hong Kong. The road to recovery hasnâ€™t been easy; she has had to relearn everyday tasks and is still being cared for by a home health nurse. Her family says she has gotten to the point now where can feed herself and is able to recognize family members.
Although the driver who hit the woman was never charged, her family may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney about filing a civil lawsuit against the motorist. This may enable them to receive compensation for her pain and suffering and help with the over $1,000,000 in medical expenses that have incurred as a result of the accident.
Source: KWCH 12, â€œFormer ESU exchange student improving after accident,â€ Lauren Seabrook, April 29, 2014