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Man shares ordeal and eventual triumph from brain injury

The brain controls all the bodily functions, from sight and speech to breathing, thinking and even emotions. Thus, any damage to the brain can lead to catastrophic injuries. For this reason, the Brain Injury Association has designated this month as Brain Injury Awareness Month. The association not only seeks to promote awareness but to honor people, including Dallas, Texas, residents, who have overcome the challenges of having a brain injury.

One such individual is Bryan Hensley. In 2002, he got behind the wheel of his car despite being intoxicated. He lost control of the vehicle and smashed into a tree. At only 19 years old, Hensley's life-long plight began as he suffered a traumatic brain injury. The association describes a brain injury as an alteration of brain function by an external force. And that was exactly what Hensley endured; his life was altered completely by the accident. The right side of his body was paralyzed and he had to relearn the most basic of tasks like eating, walking, talking and even breathing. Over the years, Hensley received treatment from psychologists, psychiatrists and occupational therapists.

Eventually, he slowly got his life back. While it is not exactly the way it was before, he has made strides. In 2009, the man received an award for his triumphant recovery. Now, Hensley works as a brain injury advocate.

Hensley's case is not uncommon. Annually, around two million people sustain a brain injury. In many cases, injuries either turn fatal or the victim will require long-term care.

A Dallas, Texas, resident who sustains a brain injury may choose to seek the advice of a personal injury professional as to what possible legal steps to take, if the injury is the result of another person's negligence. In that case, the negligent person can be held liable and a victim may seek to recover damages in order to help with medical expenses and long-term care costs.

Source: Aiken Standard, "Resident raises awareness of brain injuries," Stephanie Turner, Mar. 9, 2014

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