Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are an all-too-common occurrence in car crashes and pedestrian accidents. The prognosis after such an injury is sustained is often uncertain. However, the story of a college student and recovery over a two-year period is undeniably inspirational.
Prospects After Pedestrian Accident
In a September 15, 2014 article, the Washington Post reviews the long journey of a junior at Tufts University who was hit by a vehicle while he was in a crosswalk. The impact of his head put a hole in the windshield. Attending physicians promptly warned his family that he might be disabled to the point that he might not be able to feed himself again.
With a short time after the accident, the young man was enrolled in a research study involving neuroimaging of the brain, and the neurologist researcher put his odds of recovering his previous capabilities at 10,000-to-one.
Coming Out of a Coma
However, he was fortunate in that his neocortex, where higher-level mental processing occurs, had remained mostly without injury. However, he remained in a comatose state for some time as friends and family maintained a constant vigil, trying to say things might might arouse his mind and bring him out of the coma. Within two weeks, he did emerge from the coma.
During his recovery, he is believed to have helped his own cause by spending many hours with brain-training software, playing word games with friends, and regaining fine motor skills by practicing with a musical instrument. In the summer of 2014, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Tufts.
The family of this resilient college student ultimately credited a combination of factors for his unexpected degree of recovery:
- Quick, high-level care
- Significant emotional support
- Brain plasticity
- The patient's determination
Should a loved one experience a brain injury in an accident, please don't hesitate to call with your questions about your family's legal rights. State law does provide for compensation when negligence leads to such an injury. Both current medical expenses and long-term care and rehabilitation costs may be addressed through civil litigation. For a no-obligation consultation with a brain injury lawyer, please contact us.