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Man suffers brain injury after accident, years of recovery ahead

As many Maryland individuals know, a traumatic brain injury can happen to almost anyone at any time. What not as many individuals know about a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is that the injury could remain with them for an indeterminable amount of time. Some might return to prior levels of mental functioning in months, while for others, it might take years, such as is the case for one man from a nearby state. 

The 33-year-old man suffered a traumatic brain injury in Nov. 2013 when he was  struck by a car while walking home. After the accident occurred, family members were told that he was brain dead. During the ensuing weeks and months, the man had multiple surgeries and a litany of tests performed. Although he eventually became a TBI survivor, surviving was only half the battle -- totally recovering would be a long road for him.

Aiding in that road to recovery is the man's 33-year-old girlfriend, who became his primary caretaker last February after he returned home from the hospital. As his caregiver, the woman helps him with everything from accompanying him on medical visits to helping him button his shirt. She has currently changed careers to attend to him full-time and has learned to celebrate the tiny victories when he learns how to do something new.

According to the Center for Disease Control, the Atlantic City man is one of the 1.7 million individuals per year who suffer a TBI in the United States. When Maryland individuals believe that they might have suffered a traumatic brain injury, it is imperative that they seek immediate medical attention. If they indeed suffered a TBI that was the result of another individual's negligence, they would be entitled to file a personal injury claim against the party believed responsible. In situations like these, individuals typically consult an experienced personal injury attorney to help them establish the validity of their claim through the civil court system.

Source: pressofatlanticcity.com, "Atlantic City man on long road to recovery from brain injury", Nicole Leonard, Sept. 16, 2015

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