As a Seattle brain injury attorney, I am aware that brain injuries can be some of the most devastating and painful injuries one can endure. Brain injuries can occur in many different ways but most often they are a result of a direct force to the head. However, that is not always the case. The NPR.org website recently reported a tragic story about a woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a complication during surgery. Gweneviere Mann experienced a stroke during an operation in 2008 to remove a brain tumor and has suffered from short term memory loss ever since. It is now difficult for Mann to remember even the tiniest of details of her day and ultimately her life. Things that we all take for granted on a day to day basis such as today’s date and remembering when to eat lunch, is a constant struggle that Mann now has to face. With tricks such as keeping note cards in her pockets reminding her about the events that she has completed throughout the day helps maintain continuity throughout her daily life. Mann also participates in marathons with her boyfriend to encourage herself to remain positive and optimistic about what abilities she does still possess. Even though this is a frustrating and discouraging situation, Mann is determined to fight and persevere through her disability.
Doctors say that the brain is able to heal itself up to two years after the injury and after that any symptoms are most likely to remain permanent. In this case it has been beyond that two year mark and Mann has accepted that short term memory is going to be the norm from now on. Mann does not struggle with any other symptoms and presents as a very normal woman in every other aspect of her life. Because brain injuries vary in location and severity it can be very difficult to determine treatment for recovery.
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident and have questions concerning your treatment and recovery, contact a professional Seattle brain injury attorney to discuss your legal rights. At Premier Law Group, we understand how traumatic the lasting effects of a brain injury can be for you and family members and we are dedicated to working with you with integrity and compassion. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact me at (206)285-1743.