March 2020 Newsletter: Brain Injury Awareness
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and at Snellings Law, we do a lot of work with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Many brain injury clients we see come in appearing completely normal, but looks can be deceiving: Their lives have been completely disrupted. A TBI is an invisible injury, and that’s one of the most painful things about it.
I had one client who was by all accounts normal. He was funny, and he could hold a great conversation. But once he got in his truck to drive for work, he couldn’t remember where he was supposed to go or when he was supposed to be there. If it wasn’t on his calendar in his phone, there was a 0% chance he’d remember an appointment. This guy could remember in great detail the first song he ever danced to with his wife, but his short-term memory was completely shot. His injury completely disrupted his life, both personally and professionally. But because of the nature of his injury, nobody would ever know it unless he opened up to them about it.
Another client of ours at Snellings Law went to a hospital for a TBI. The hospital ran some tests, told her she was fine, and then, two days later, our client couldn’t talk at all. They admitted her to the Neuro Intensive Care Unit, and she had to learn how to talk all over again. When she did finally get her voice back, she spoke with a Russian accent — despite the fact that she lived in America all her life and previously spoke without an accent. The brain is an incredible organ in that way…