Drew’s Story – Traumatic Brain Injury
Story Credit – Della Nelson
Back in the summer of 2003 at the age of 13, my son’s life as well as the life of our family, took a dramatic turn. Over a period of several years, our son sustained multiple concussions from participation in sports such as football, lacrosse, and snow-boarding. After each concussion, he seemed dazed and confused for just a few minutes.
We had him examined by a physician each time, and he always seemed to bounce back to his normal self. But following his last concussion in May of 2003, we noticed a change in him that lasted over several weeks, though it was difficult to pinpoint exactly what was happening. He just didn’t seem to be as “with it” as he had in the past, and he wasn’t getting any better.
Although his pediatrician and neurologist said he had a “normal” neurological examination, we insisted that they continue investigating what was wrong with him. Because of our persistence, several weeks after his concussion, he had an MRI that showed a large left-sided epidural hematoma (large blood clot sitting on top of the covering of the brain, called the “dura,” and under the skull).
We were told that rarely do they see hematomas this large in children that are alive or that weren’t severely impaired or in a coma. Neuropsychological testing revealed that, as a result of his traumatic brain injury, our son received life-long deficits, such as lowered reading skills, reduced right-sided motor functioning, and diminished organizational and planning skills.
Returning to school after summer break, he struggled with his classes, and his personality had changed. It was clear that we lost our happy, fun-loving, active little boy from his brain injury. However , after we sought out and received the help he needed in order to learn how to adjust to the all the changes in his life, our son and our family are coping well and our son is now on track to graduate from college in 2012.
My quest to get help for my son impassioned me to help other traumatic brain injury victims receive the help and compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one has sustained or believed to have sustained a traumatic brain injury in an accident, contact Nelson Law Offices, LLC so that we may help guide you through the difficult process of making sure you get a definitive diagnosis for your injury and assist you in pursing your claim and case against the negligent at-fault party and their insurance company.