Sep 27

Low Speed Accident in Fargo Causes Tragic Brain Injury

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This story is an example of how a low speed car crash can cause a terrible traumatic brain injury and change lives.  Our Minnesota and North Dakota personal injury attorneys help in situations like this.

This accident happened in Fargo.  A Fargo, North Dakota, teenager, slipped and fell from a GEM car, a sort of street legal electric golf cart, and hit her head.  The car was driving only 10 – 15 m.p.h.  Even at that slow speed, the impact caused a traumatic brain injury.  The Fargo teen was placed in a medically induced coma under heavy sedation after brain surgery.  The accident happened on August 4, 2013.

The girl spent more than a month in a Fargo, North Dakota, hospital before being transferred to a hospital in Denver that specializes in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation.  She will spend at least two months in the Denver rehabilitation hospital.

Recovery from a traumatic brain injury is slow.  This young woman was an athlete, a high school basketball player.  She was a smart, funny, and sometimes silly teenager.  After this accident, the Fargo teen took her first steps, with the help of parallel bars, in mid-September, about six weeks after her accident.  She continued to have difficulty eating without assistance and was unable to speak nearly eight weeks after the accident.  Her doctors do not know if she will ever regain the ability to speak again.

A traumatic brain injury accident like this changes the lives of all the people around you.  In this case, the young woman was about to start her senior year of high school.  Instead, her parents are at her bedside in the hospital.  Her friends are making ribbons to wear in her honor at their Fargo high school and wishing this accident had never happened.  Family friends are planning fundraisers.  A complete stranger whose own young daughter was killed in a car accident felt compelled to organize a fundraiser for the family, knowing that this tragedy is a life-changing event.

The lawyers at the Stowman Law Firm, P.A., can help people after car accidents, like this Fargo car crash, that cause traumatic brain injury.  The accident attorneys at the Stowman Law Firm can also help families of people who have suffered terrible injuries.  The Stowman Law Firm wishes this young woman, her family, and her friends all the best in this tragic situation.