Nearly 10 years ago, Sarah, a nurse, was on her way home after finishing her shift. After waiting for the "Walk" sign to turn green, she looked both ways before crossing the street. The next thing she remembers was being in an ambulance. She was struck by a delivery truck, suffered a skull fracture and went into a coma. In an instant her life changed, she had sustained a traumatic brain injury.
Sarah's case is not unique. In 2010, more than 2.5 million traumatic brain injury cases occurred in the United States. March has been designated "Brain Injury Awareness Month," so readers from Dallas, Texas should be aware that there is hope for recovery from a serious brain injury. Dr. Mona Greenfield of Metropolitan Communication Associates knows this all too well. She has worked with TBI patients for more than 15 years. Her patients have sustained injuries from auto accidents, assault and falls.
The doctor firmly believes that, with enough support, TBI victims can regain not just the effective use of their physical and mental faculties but their confidence in interacting with the community. Although patients will not be exactly as they were before, not allowing a brain injury to change their lives can vastly improve their outlook on life.
Sarah is aware of this fact. After nine years, she has undergone numerous therapy sessions both for physical, social and cognitive improvement. She admitted that it has been a difficult process, but she kept strong for herself and for others like her as well.
There is no denying that the heart and will of brain injury patients are strong. Unfortunately, in some cases, medical expenses catch up with the limit of patient resources. Rehabilitation and long-term care are expensive. However, Dallas, Texas victims who sustain injury because of someone else's negligence can file a personal injury lawsuit which may lead to compensation to cover medical expenses.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Healing the Forgotten: New Hope for TBI Patients," Lauriel Nadel, April 1, 2014