California man begins rehabilitation after suffering brain injury

Posted on in Catastrophic Injuries

For many, summer seems to have come and gone in the blink of an eye. But for one California family, summer may have felt like it would never end as they watched their loved one recover from a traumatic brain injury that occurred in the spring.

In a previous post, we shared the story about the man who was beaten after a Dodgers game in Los Angeles. He had been attacked in the stadium parking lot and sustained a serious brain injury, leaving him hospitalized and in a coma. As is typical in the wake of a brain injury, the recovery process was long and difficult. But now after several months the man is finally leaving the hospital.

A spokesperson for the hospital announced that the man would be transferred to a rehabilitation facility to get more specialized rehabilitation to continue his path to recovery. The brain injury had caused the man's brain to swell, increasing pressure in his skull. He underwent several surgical procedures to relieve the pressure and to ensure that the swelling wouldn't return.

His family is remaining positive about the situation, thankful that his recovery has brought him this far and excited to watch him continue his rehabilitation. One of the milestones that he recently achieved was speaking for the first time since the accident. However it is likely that he will have to work to regain many of the cognitive and physical abilities he possessed before the attack.

A brain injury can alter not only the life of the victim but the victim's family and friends as well. There are a lot of additional considerations such as medical bills and long-term care expenses that the man's family may need to consider.

When a brain injury is the result of someone else's misconduct, the victim and his or her family can seek financial compensation. While this type of claim will not reverse the attack, it can help this man and his family get the compensation they deserve to help them move forward with their lives.

Source: CNN: "brain-injured Giants fan moves from hospital to rehab facility," Michael Martinez, Oct. 11, 2011

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