After a traumatic brain injury, the road to recovery can be long and fraught with problems. One example of this is the story of Kristin McCollum, a young woman who was injured in an auto accident on Christmas Day in 2010. Four years later, Kristin, 35, is still working on her recovery and slowly chalking up minor victories as she struggles to regain her independence.
The accident took place on Old Almaden Road in San Jose when Kristin apparently lost control of her vehicle. Investigators were never able to determine if someone caused Kristin to crash or if she suffered some type of blackout, but drugs and alcohol were ruled out. She was finally extracted from her vehicle after 45 minutes of hard work on the part of rescue personnel. At the time, her prognosis was bleak: 90 percent of patients never recover from the type of brain injury Kristin suffered.
Services for Brain Injury Offers Help
Fortunately, Kristin had the benefit and help of Services for Brain Injury, a nonprofit group in San Jose that provides alternative and special methods of therapy that patients may not receive in traditional physical or speech therapy sessions.
Kristin has been attending sessions five hours a day for the past four years. In that time, she has worked on her speaking skills, occupational skills such as typing, and personal care skills such as feeding herself. She has also relearned how to walk.
TBI Is Devastating
Kristin’s story is just one of millions. Car accidents, violence, falls and other traumatic injuries cause brain damage in at least 1.5 million people every year, according to statistics. While many of these TBIs are classified as “minor,” even these injuries can have long-term consequences. Further, severe TBIs often result in life-changing disabilities.
The victim of an accident involving TBI may be facing years of therapy and expensive medical care. In order to pay for this care, these victims may need to recover compensation from the person responsible for the accident. This may involve a personal injury lawsuit to seek payment of these expenses.
The experienced attorneys at the Scarlett Law Firm in San Francisco are ready to help victims of traumatic brain injury accidents. Contact us today for a free consultation about your case and learn what we can do to help you recover damages to pay for the best treatment possible.