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Buckeyes baseball player recovering from brain injury

A former Ohio State baseball player with the Buckeyes team was injured while riding his bicycle when he was hit by a motorist in a hit-and-run incident. While he survived, he suffered a brain injury that has impacted his short-term memory. He was knocked unconscious at the time and also sustained some broken ribs.

The 44-year-old former athlete was wearing his helmet while riding his bicycle, but still sustained a serious head injury. Like many victims of Ohio brain injuries, he wound up having to go through a period of therapeutic exercises. In his case, these included outpatient speech therapy and exercises designed to rehabilitate his cognitive functions. He tried, among other things, working various puzzles and performing multi-functioning tasks to try to regain his memory and thinking skills.

He was told that even a relatively mild brain injury can require as much as six months of recovery time, with more serious injuries taking longer and perhaps leading to long term disabilities. In many instances, brain injuries can understandably have an impact on a person's ability to work, reducing their income. No personal injury lawsuit has been possible so far, since the driver who hit him with his car is still unknown and has not come forward.

Such lawsuits are possible for a specific period of time after an accident, referred to as the statute of limitations. But after a sufficient period of time has passed, any claim is barred by the passage of time. An experienced personal injury attorney can advise an accident victim as to how long they have to bring a lawsuit. When it is possible to sue a responsible party, damages sought can include medical expenses, lost wages, the cost of therapy and other rehabilitative treatment, and compensation for pain and suffering.


Source: 
The Columbus Dispatch, "Rob Oller commentary: Ex-Buckeye tries to fill in blanks after cycling accident" Rob Oller, Sep. 26, 2013

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