Making the Invisible Visible for Brain Injury Awareness Month
If a doctor came into the room and said you had suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), what would your reaction be? Would you be terrified? Would you be relieved it wasn’t something worse? Would you sit there staring blankly at the doctor, waiting for them to describe what on earth he or she meant by that? Unfortunately, many of our clients have been in this very situation — and we want to celebrate them in this month’s newsletter. I attended Baylor University, I have loved studying the brain. I was a psychology major and loved my neuroscience classes. Having been a personal injury attorney for my entire career, I have worked with clients who have suffered almost every type of injury. In doing so, I have developed a passion for helping brain injury victims. Many brain injury clients we see arrive appearing completely normal. They can carry on intelligent conversations, are socially aware, and are able to follow any instructions that may be given, but looks can be deceiving: Their lives have been completely disrupted. A TBI is oftentimes an invisible injury, and that’s one of the most painful things about it. For example, one former client was by all accounts normal. He was funny and witty, and he could hold a great conversation — all things most people assume a TBI victim isn’t capable of. But when he would get in his truck, he couldn’t remember where he was supposed to go or when he was supposed to be there. If there was not an entry in his calendar, there was a 0% chance he’d remember an appointment. This guy could remember the first song he ever danced to with his wife, people’s names from high school, and many other remote memories, but his short-term memory was completely impaired. While he March is very special at Snellings Law because it is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Ever since
for validation struck me so clearly as when a client came in with a report and a picture from a newer type of MRI scan we helped her obtain. She handed it to me as she managed to say through happy sobs, “Look! Look! This proves it!” She didn’t care that the test would help us as we moved her claim forward or that it proved the insurance adjuster dead wrong; she was so excited because it proved to her that all of her symptoms were legitimate and she was not, as she put, “going insane.” One thing we have found about our brain injury clients is that they are such survivors. They fight through every day with an invisible injury and do everything they can to appear normal. This month for Brain Injury Awareness Month, we would like to recognize each of our clients, current and past, who have battled and continue to battle for recovery. Our hats are off to not just the victims but also to their caregivers and families. On behalf of everyone here at Snellings Law, we see you, we feel for you, and we celebrate you. God bless you, and we all pray for your full recovery.
appeared normal on the outside, his injury completely disrupted all aspects of his life. Even so, no one would ever know it except his close family and friends. You see, he didn’t want to open up to anyone because he was embarrassed. No one wants to appear inept or incapable of remembering things, especially at work. Those who did know would cut him some slack. But imagine if your spouse, parent, child, or friend constantly needed help remembering things, like being at the right place at the right time, or if they called to ask things, like why they were at a store in the first place. It would get pretty irritating after a while — no matter how much you loved the person. One of the hardest parts of a TBI for many of our clients is that there is no physical “proof” of their injury to validate the damage they have suffered. There may not be a scar on their head from where they were struck because there was no external injury. They do not have an X-ray, MRI, or CT scan that is specific enough to show the damage. There is no cast or sling that shows their damage to others. Never has the need
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