Student accidents in high school can sometimes cause devastating injuries that result in permanent disability of loss of function. An attorney at Shelton Law Group can represent young men and women and their families when a slip and fall, car accident or other incident causes lasting harm.
One of the most common types of serious injury suffered by young people is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Traumatic brain injuries can have a lengthy recovery period in which the victim often must relearn basic life skills. TBIs can also cause mood changes, cognitive impairments, seizures, vision and hearing problems, and a host of other symptoms. In many situations, the impact of a brain injury never completely goes away.
When the brain injury occurs in high school, this can lead to questions about whether it is possible for the teen to go on and have a normal college experience and start a career. In many cases, it is possible to do so as long as the teen is sufficiently recovered. However, the Brain Injury Association of America advises that teens with traumatic brain injuries will face special challenges when attending college.
Kentucky Colleges and Brain Injury Victims
According to the Brain Injury Association of America, individuals between the ages of 15 and 24 are the age group most likely to sustain a traumatic brain injury. This is prime college age, and students who suffer brain trauma will need to carefully choose the academic institution that can best accommodate their needs.
The Brain Injury Association of America warns that injured students may experience both attitudinal barriers as well as physical barriers of attending college. Lasting physical symptoms, including difficulty concentrating, can affect grades in the remainder of high school after the injury has occurred and can make it more difficult to gain admission to colleges. Once in a higher education setting, teens with brain injuries may also face problems keeping up with classmates depending upon the symptoms.
Attitudinal problems include admissions committees with preconceived idea about the abilities of brain injury survivors. Consciously or unintentionally, members on the admissions committee may not view a brain injury sufferer as someone who is as capable of other students.
These problems can be overcome, especially if students select an academic institution that is focused on accommodating students with disabilities. Fortunately, there are many such institutions in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Community, private and state colleges throughout Kentucky have policies specifying accommodations for disabled students and welcoming young people with a history of injury and medical problems to apply for admission. For example, Kentucky Wesleyan College explains on its website the types of disability verifications for students with traumatic brain injury that will be necessary for professors to provide special accommodations.
While brain injury sufferers can excel in college and in future careers, the fact remains that a brain injury can necessitate ongoing medical treatment and can make achieving life goals more challenging. As a result, victims injured by the negligence of another should speak with an attorney about getting compensation for their TBI.
If you or a loved one was injured, our car accident lawyers in Louisville can help. Call Shelton Law Group today at 888-761-7204 or visit http://www.robsheltonlaw.com for a free case consultation.