Those severely injured in a car accident can face a difficult and costly recovery. Just ask a Massachusetts man, who had to be life-flighted to UMass Worcester, after sustaining serious injuries in car accident. The man recently came out of a coma. Now he faces an uncertain rehabilitation starting with three months of speech and memory therapy.

In addition to cognitive therapy, the man will need physical therapy. That therapy will likely take six to twelve months and require surgeries for broken wrists as well as a broken elbow, pelvis, leg, and hip along with an injured bladder.

A fundraiser is being held to cover the cost of the victim’s medical bills.

Yearly, 100,000 people suffer from brain injuries in the United States. Sports activities, falls, work and car accidents can all result in a brain injury.

Those who have suffered a traumatic closed-brain injury will likely experience symptoms, including confusion, impaired short-term memory, lethargy, nausea or wooziness, headache or, in some cases, weakness or numbness on one side of the body.

Recovery from brain injury, or any serious injury following a car accident, can be time consuming and costly. Those costs that an injured person can seek compensation for can include those associated with doctors, hospital stays, emergency room treatment, ambulance costs and services provided by a nurse. Future medical expenses may also be recoverable if the injured party shows the need for ongoing medical care as a result of the accident and injury sustained. Loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering damages in some states, and general pain and suffering damages may also be available to the victim.

Source: Marlborough Patch, “Life Flight Accident Victim Out of Coma,” Sam Bonacci, Nov. 29, 2012