The effects of living with an Acquired Brain Injury

30 May 2019

I have no memory of my accident”. This is a common quote from someone who has sustained a traumatic brain injury and this is certainly the case of M. M was on his way to work on his motorbike when he was involved in a road traffic collision. M was taken from the scene by air ambulance where he was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury as well as a punctured lung, fractures to a number of vertebra, his right leg and left foot. M’s first clear memory post-accident is waking up in hospital however, it is difficult for him to say how soon this was after the accident.

After remaining in hospital for 11 weeks, M was discharged home to his parents’ house and his mum took some time off work to care for him and the rest of the family helped out when required. A Case Manager was appointed at an early stage in M’s case and she has been coordinating his ongoing rehabilitation which has included neuropsychology, speech and language therapy, neuro occupational therapy and neuro physiotherapy. The Defendant’s Insurers have been funding his ongoing treatment. M continues to require care and support from his family.

At the time of the accident, M had been in a relatively long term relationship however, a few months after M had been discharged, the relationship ended. M’s relationship with his friends was also suffering as his close friends had moved out of their parents homes into a shared property and M felt frustrated that this was not something he could do. Despite his best intentions to get back to work following the accident, M soon realised that this was not going to be a possibility.

When asked about his accident and what it is like living with a brain injury, M said “I struggle to associate with the person I was before the accident. I would describe myself as painting a pretty picture and by that I mean to look at, it is not particularly evident that I have a brain injury.”

"If it weren’t for the team of therapists, my family and my lawyers, my life would be drastically different. I’m so lucky to not only be alive but to also have so much support."

Tim Kirfield, Associate at Barlow Robbins commented:

"M is doing so well with his rehabilitation and it is great to hear of his progress but it is important to note that recovery is a long journey. We are pleased to be able to support M as much as we can to help him strive towards his goals."
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