It is a constant theme of our posts how often traumatic brain injuries are the result of car accidents. Such is the case of Michele Willis, who in December of 2009 suffered an accident when her car hit a boulder and went airborne, flipping several times. The violence of the impact and subsequent rolling made Michele’s seatbelt to become loose, allowing her head to go through driver’s side window before hitting the pavement.
Saved by Paramedics
Due to her injuries, Ms. Willis’ heart and lungs stopped functioning at the accident scene. However, paramedics did not stop working on her and managed to revive her. She spent the next two and a half weeks in a coma at Grant Medical Center’s trauma unit.
A surgeon had to perform a craniotomy and he told her it had been one of the most challenging procedures he had ever done, having even to pick pieces of her skull out of her brain…
Michele spent five weeks in the hospital. During her stay she received therapy that consisted in the nurses placing a tether around her waist and setting up traffic cones for her to navigate. This helped regain her ability to walk three days earlier than expected. However, despite those early successes her rehabilitation is an ongoing battle: due to the damage suffered by the left side of her brain, it took her a year to regain her senses of smell and taste. Moreover, as a result of the trauma to her brain, she has had to learn to live with some limitations.
Among these limitations are heightened emotions, like anger, which is not always easy for her to control or for her family to deal with. Similarly, her ability to make quick decisions was affected. To retrain her brain on how to make fast decisions, the doctors at the new brain trauma rehabilitation program at Ohio State University Medical Center gave her two choices: medication or computer games. She chose to try intensive computer games because she did not want to take any more medication than she needed.
Please note that the brain trauma center at OSU provides a number of services for patients who have had TBI or other brain injuries, like a stroke. Their inpatient and outpatient treatment options include various types of therapy and real world simulations.
Of course, these treatments are not cheap and that is where the lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano may be able to help victims that have suffered their traumatic brain injuries as a result of accidents.
The Lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano Can Help
If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a car accident, a truck accident, an amusement park accident or as a result of any other kind of accident, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases. Throughout the years, the Miami Dade County Traumatic Brain Injury Law Offices of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have represented many clients that have suffered traumatic brain injuries.
With over 75 years of combined experience, the lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano can help victims that have suffered any kind of traumatic brain injury as a result of an accident recover the funds they need for their rehabilitation. These funds may include money for the expensive treatments mentioned in these posts, for rehabilitation therapy, for your pain and suffering and for lost wages. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation.