8 years after crash, California man struggles with brain injury

Posted on in Catastrophic Injuries

A young California man who was once a promising 4.0 student continues to seek success in life despite a traumatic brain injury he suffered in a car accident more than eight years ago. Although he maintains a positive outlook on life, his injury has forced him to change many of the plans he'd made before the crash.

The accident happened in July 2004, the summer before his senior year of high school. The 17-year-old student was traveling home on a highway from his internship at a law firm when an oncoming car trying to pass a semitrailer obstructed his lane. After swerving to avoid a head-on collision, he wound up on the shoulder of the other side of the road. That's when a pickup truck swerved and crashed into his car.

Ambulance medics had to resuscitate his heart on the way to a Fontana hospital, where he remained unconscious with a traumatic brain injury. He says that by the time he finally became aware of his surroundings, it was October. He still gets frustrated thinking about how difficult his first months of recovery were.

Also frustrating was the fact that his short-term memory problems prevented him from pursuing his plans to major in English and become a lawyer. He registered for classes at UC San Diego, but realized he still had a long recovery ahead after wandering into the wrong class and not realizing it until the end. He's come a long way since then: Earlier this month he graduated from Cal State San Bernardino with a 3.17 GPA. He hopes to take advantage of special employment opportunities for disabled workers.

Brain injuries like this young man's have put dreams on hold for countless accident victims. Recovery doesn't come fast or cheap, which is why it's essential for victims and their families to seek compensation for the negligence that caused their injuries. Especially when cognitive problems make pursuing that compensation difficult, victims need strong legal representation to help them get their lives back on track.

Source: The Sun, "Eight years after heart-stopping crash, Cal State San Bernardino student set to graduate today," Beau Yarbrough, Dec. 7, 2012

  • Our firm works with those who have suffered brain injuries as the result of an accident. To learn more about our practice, visit our San Jose brain injury page.
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