A traumatic brain injury is a life-changing event. A Philadelphia woman who was severely injured when she was struck by an SUV knows this all too well. The woman, who has persevered through over a year of surgeries, rehabilitation and therapy, is a great example of a brain injury victim fighting back and overcoming the odds.
The woman was on a visit to Trenton, New Jersey when the accident happened. She was walking across a street with her cousin, who suddenly looked at her strangely. That’s the last thing she remembers.
An SUV driven by a 22-year-old man who had just been shot in the back struck the woman and her cousin. The man was trying to get away after the shooting but became unconscious behind the wheel. He crashed into several parked cars and hit the two women. The driver died at the scene of the crash.
The woman awoke in a coma weeks after the accident. She had undergone several surgeries to save her life. In addition to a number of broken bones, she had sustained severe brain trauma. She still suffers from memory loss and has cognitive difficulties. She has difficulty with her speech, which comes out slurred and slow. She is still going to regular therapy sessions.
Nonetheless, the woman’s recovery has been remarkable under the circumstances. An uncle attributes this to her determination not to depend on others. The woman hopes to return to school one day and get her college degree.
Those who have suffered a brain injury due to the negligence of another person have the right to bring a personal injury lawsuit and recover damages for medical expenses, loss of income, long-term care, pain and suffering and other damages. An experienced personal injury law firm can help victims get the compensation they need.
Source: NJ.com, “Philadelphia woman severely injured in deadly Trenton crash has a new lease on life after rehabilitation,” Jenna Pizzi, Jan. 11, 2015