Any number of accidents can befall a person, whether she or he lives in Colorado or elsewhere. Some accidents are worse than others and those that cause a traumatic brain injury can alter the rest of a person’s life. A brain injury changes someone emotionally, mentally and physically.
One woman suffered her brain injury when she was 14 years old. The then-teenager was a soccer player and ran into a ball after it was kicked. She fell to the ground where she struck her head and was knocked unconscious. Soon after, she went into surgery where the bleeding in her brain was stopped but brain damage could not be prevented. That was 13 years ago. Now 27, the woman is still struggling with the complications her brain injury has caused her.
With the help of a Medicaid-funded community integration specialist, the woman spent eight hours a week over the course of seven months volunteering in the cafeteria of the hospital where she received surgery more than a decade ago. She hoped it would turn into a part-time job. In total, she had volunteered more than 1,200 hours in various areas of the hospital over four years. But when funding for her integration specialist was cut, which was also the funding that helped her volunteer, she left her work in the cafeteria. The hospital chose not to hire her. Now her family believes she is being discriminated against.
The hospital said that it looked into hiring the 27-year-old but said she did not meet the organization’s requirements for employment. The woman’s parents suggested she receive a minimum-wage position for no more than ten hours per week since she had already volunteered so long. The hospital chose not to give her this position, either.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury because of someone else’s negligence, contact the experienced Denver brain injury attorneys at The Frickey Law Firm to discuss your options. An experienced brain injury attorney can help you recover damages for pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, permanent disability and much more.
Source: San Francisco Gate, “Pa. woman with brain injury wants to prove herself” Jeff Hawkes, May. 17, 2013