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A personal injury can cause a family to struggle

After a person suffers critical injuries inflicted by a vehicle, the prognosis may be bad. Indeed, it is rare to find a personal injury story with a happy ending. Remarkably, in the case of a young Alberta boy, that's exactly what happened. The rest of the tale, however, illustrates the devastating impact a car can have on a body.

On March 17, 2016, a vehicle struck an 8-year-old boy as he crossed a street in Cranston. His injuries were so severe he was placed in palliative care following an airlift to hospital. The boy was in a coma, and doctors assumed he would never recover from the traumatic brain injury he suffered. Amazingly, his body survived the ordeal, and soon he began to regain his cognitive functions.

He spent the next three months in hospital where he endured multiple surgeries, physiotherapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy. Over time, he relearned how to sit, how to chew and how to speak. One year later, the youngster is able to go to school and only requires a walker on occasion. He has even returned to skating and rock wall climbing.

What this child, his parents and his team of medical professionals have accomplished is remarkable. Recovery from a traumatic personal injury can be a long and agonizing process, one which never truly ends for some victims. It's a journey that takes a toll on victims and their loved ones emotionally, physically and financially. Receiving financial compensation might relieve some of the stress on a family after an accident. A caring and dedicated Alberta lawyer can help.

Source: Calgary Herald, "Ethan Nielson marks one year after being struck by vehicle in Cranston", Yolande Cole, March 16, 2017

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