Of all the types of injuries Arizona residents suffer in car accidents, some of the hardest to recover from are brain injuries. Because brain tissue doesn’t heal in the same way as other parts of the body, recovery can be frustratingly slow. Even after any broken bones or cuts are healed, the injured may still have trouble with pain, dizziness, memory or even performing simple cognitive tasks. However, medical treatment and therapy can help many people to recover.
One Arizona resident recently spoke to reporters about his long road to recovery after he suffered a brain injury in a motorcycle accident. The man said he was riding a motorcycle one night eight years ago when a car pulled out in front of him and he crashed. He was hospitalized for six months and had to relearn how to walk and talk.
When the Phoenix area resident returned to his job as an architect, he said he had trouble concentrating on tasks that had once been easy for him. Eventually, he lost his job and decided to choose less-demanding work. After working in retail for a while, he said he felt confident enough to return to architecture. He has now been working at a different firm for a year. His co-workers told reporters that, perhaps because of his commitment to overcome his injury, he is an extraordinarily diligent worker. The man continues to see an occupational therapist once a month.
While this man’s story may not reflect the experience of every brain injury victim, it does help illustrate the difficulties many of them face, and the hope that they might overcome adversity. However, in a less direct way, it also reveals how long, frustrating and costly these injuries can be. The diminished capacity for work that comes with a brain injury can mean significantly lower income. The need for long-term medical and rehabilitative care can mean enormous expenses.
When these damages are the result of another person’s negligence, the injured may pursue compensation in the form of a personal injury lawsuit. Arizona attorneys with experience in these sensitive and difficult cases can help the injured or their families to understand how the process works and help them decide upon their legal options.
Source: AZCentral.com, “Valley architect overcomes traumatic brain injury,” Chris Latella, July 31, 2014