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Ohio survivor of crash dealt with serious brain injury

It's hard to imagine any good news coming from a devastating accident. However, two of the survivors of a deadly car crash are finally attending college classes again. Brain injuries are often the result of major accidents and one of the survivors, from Ohio, sustained a serious brain injury along with shattered bones. When she first awoke, she couldn't remember her name or that she was a Bowling Geen State University freshman. She was unconscious for two weeks following the accident and does not have any recollection of the event.

The accident occurred on March 2 of this year and killed three of the five sorority sisters who were travelling together. A driver collided head-on with the girls' car on I-75 while driving the wrong way. The five Bowling Green State University students were on their way to the airport in Detroit for a spring break trip.

The other survivor in the accident recently reported to a local news source that the crash broke all the bones in her face.

Given the seriousness of these injuries, the two students' return to school is to be celebrated. Bowling Green State University honored them at a school football game with family and fellow sorority sisters in attendance.

Recovery may not come as quickly for individuals with brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries and similar spinal cord injuries can have life-long consequences. Side effects from such injuries can potentially impact a person's quality of life far into the future. Although the Ohio woman's injuries were substantial and obvious following the accident, some brain injuries are more subtle and harder to detect.

Victims of a head injury should be on the lookout for symptoms of brain injury, which may not be present for days or weeks. If the injury is the result of the negligence of another, it may be possible for the victim to recover damages. Damages may cover medical expenses, therapy costs, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Source: Cleveland.com, "Survivors of wrong-way crash back in class at Bowling Green State University," Brandon Blackwell, Sept. 8, 2012

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