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Ohio woman suffered brain injury in accident, returns to school

It is an accident that many people in Cincinnati likely remember: this past March a group of five Ohio sorority sisters were driving to the airport for a spring break trip when they were hit, head on, by a 69-year-old driver. Tragically, three sisters were killed and two were critically injured. While they were lucky to be alive, it was not enough for the two women -- they wanted to return to college.

 One of the women, a 19-year-old sophomore from near Cleveland, sustained a traumatic brain injury in addition to the numerous broken bones. Her condition was so bad that she had to be fed through a syringe for two months. Nearly no one thought she would be able to return to school this fall, but she is back and enrolled in classes. Unfortunately, she had to drop the classes that were interrupted last spring.

What makes her situation so interesting is that brain injuries can seriously affect a person's ability to learn and retain information. Many people also struggle with memory loss, meaning everything that she had learned in college could have disappeared the moment their car was hit.

 It remains to be seen if the sophomore will have any long-lasting effects from the accident, but it is likely that the amount of damage that was done already has cost her and her family considerably. In addition to the medical costs are the bills associated with school, therapy and counseling. These are the kinds of expenses that they should not be forced to shoulder, but rather, the estate of the woman who caused this deadly accident. Should they choose to seek compensation, they will need to file a personal injury lawsuit against the woman's estate, asking for money to cover the costs that have arisen from this accident.

 Source: San Francisco Chronicle, "Survivors of Ohio wrong-way crash continue healing," Sept. 8, 2012

 Living with a brain injury can be extremely difficult, but we have worked with many people in Ohio who have suffered traumatic brain injuries in devastating accidents. Find out about these injuries and what we have done for victims by visiting our website.

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