Five years ago, I suffered from a head injury that changed my life forever. I knew traumatic brain injuries were severe, but when you experience one yourself, it’s a different beast entirely. A head injury makes you feel like you have no control over your body. I probably wouldn’t even be able to write this blog post today if it weren’t for the immense progress I’ve made over the past five years.
It was a cold Saturday night in South Carolina when I was walking down main street in my hometown. A drunk driver sped through the intersection as I was crossing at the intersection. I felt an instant of panic because I could tell the driver wasn’t slowing down, but there was no time for me to jump out of the way. The driver hit me and I flew thirty feet and blacked out. Thankfully, someone saw me from an apartment nearby and called an ambulance immediately.
Trying to Remember What Happened
I was in a coma for two months after the accident. The doctors didn’t know if I would survive, and when I woke up, I couldn’t remember much because of the swelling in my brain. My parents contacted the best South Carolina car accident lawyer they could find and began filing a claim to help with my medical expenses, but I knew that no amount of money would erase what happened to me.
With a lot of support and prayers, I gained some of my memory after about six months. It came back slowly. First, I remembered the trauma of the accident in my dreams. Later, I began remembering every detail of what happened and could report it to the police. This helped me with my testimony in court and made it easier to recover compensation for all my damages.
My New Sense of Normal
No amount of settlement money will cure me. Although I’ve regained most of my memory, I’m still physically impaired. I also have chronic headaches because of my head injury and terrible nightmares from the crash. I’m not sure whether I have post-traumatic stress disorder, but I’m trying to work through my emotional issues and adjust to a new sense of normal.
I’m thankful I had support from both my family and a strong legal team during my recovery. Without that support, the healing process would’ve been much more difficult.