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Traumatic Brain & Personal Injury

| Jon Montagna |

153064424Traumatic brain injuries can be caused two different ways: Internal or External. External brain injury is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, or penetration through the skull. Internal brain injuries can be caused by birth defect, stroke or aneurysm. Regardless of the type or cause, brain injury is life-changing and often permanent. As March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, the skilled Personal Injury lawyers at Montagna Klein Camden want to spread awareness and knowledge about this serious and life changing condition.

Each year in the United States:

  • Approximately 1.7 million Americans experience a traumatic brain injury.
  • Only 275,000 are hospitalized annually.
  • 52,000 of those injured do not survive.

Leading Causes:

  • Falling – 35.2%
  • Automobile Accidents – 17.3%
  • Struck by/Against – 16.5%
  • Assault – 10%
  • Unknown/Other – 21%

Despite these chilling numbers, there are those who manage to beat the odds. Not only do many survive a traumatic brain injury, some are able to recover. In fact, March became Brain Injury Awareness month due to the perseverance of recovering brain injury survivor Bari York, of Green Bay, WI.

York was injured during an automobile accident by a trucker who fell asleep at the wheel. Along with traumatic brain injury, York suffered a punctured lung, lacerated spleen and eight broken ribs. Her memory was fractured, her body was partially paralyzed and she experienced extreme fatigue. Worst of all though, was the inability to translate her thoughts into words. After painstakingly re-learning language, speech and writing, as well as undergoing physical and occupational therapy, York gained enough momentum to become unstoppable. These days, she runs the Brain Injury Resource Center of Wisconsin, acts as head of marketing for a nonprofit agency and happily plans her upcoming nuptials.

Gary Reith is another vehicular brain injury survivor. While attending a day program for brain injuries, Reith met York and the two instantly connected. In October of 2014, Reith proposed and York said yes. These two are a testament to the power of determination and perseverance. Their struggles brought them together and gave them the strength to fight back. They are an inspiration to us all, and a source of admiration and pride for all of humanity.

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, please don’t hesitate to contact the Personal Injury lawyers at Montagna Klein Camden in downtown Norfolk. Our sensitive and professional attorneys are experienced, determined and ready to represent you. Never stop fighting for your health, rights and dignity. Set up a free consultation with one of our skilled Personal Injury lawyers today, and get the help you deserve.

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