According to the Texas Division of the Brain Injury Association of America,
there are roughly 5,700 Texans who become permanently disabled due to
brain injuries each year. That is an astounding statistic, but if you are anything like
one Texas teenage girl, you won't let that statistic overwhelm you,
but rather use it as motivation to raise awareness.
One 15-year-old Texas teenager attending Summit Christian Academy in Cedar
Park may have suffered permanent disabilities from her brain injury in a 2009
car accident, but she is not letting that stop her. She is currently a cheerleader
as well as top fundraiser for a local brain injury walk in Irving.
The injuries to her brain as a result of the accident have left her with
an inability to pick up on many social cues as well as lead her to sometimes
be forgetful. She also has difficulties with spatial recognition and will
never be able to drive. While some of her teenage dreams such as driving
at 16 may never happen, she is using her injuries to raise awareness through
fundraising walks and speaking engagements on what it is like for a teenager
with a brain injury. She says that one of her greatest difficulties is
that people can't see her disability and therefore misunderstand her
and why she may at times act 'differently.'
With brain injuries affecting so many Texans each year, and many of them
being caused by another's negligent acts, those who suffer from head
trauma and its life-changing consequences need to realize that they may
have legal recourse to compensation for losses suffered. In the event
of a brain injury occurring to persons, their loved ones should contact
an Austin personal injury attorney to discuss what legal options may be
available to their situation.
Source: American-Statesman, "Teenager with brain injury educates public," Claire Osborn, Feb. 8, 2013