Many Florida readers have probably heard the story about the Bartram Trail’s athlete who suffered a traumatic brain injury in October while riding a vehicle driven by his friend. For those who haven’t heard the story, the two men were in a one-car accident.
A preliminary report by the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office says that the driver was racing another vehicle at speeds of at least 80 miles per hour when the crash occurred. The passenger wasn’t wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred. He suffered from a traumatic brain injury and was airlifted to UF Health Shands Hospital from the scene of the car crash. The driver was wearing his seat belt and suffered non-life threatening injuries.
After spending 100 days in the hospital and dealing with complications like pneumonia and an air leak in his brain, the victim with the traumatic brain injury was released from the hospital to go to rehabilitation. His family is understandably excited, especially when you consider that they were told to prepare for his demise when he was first brought to the hospital. The young man still has a way to go, but his father reports that he is making progress and has come a long way.
This accident is an example of why people who drive vehicles must be careful. This young man has had his life changed forever because of a preventable accident.
This young man’s family might have the right to seek compensation for the expenses related to his injuries sustained in the accident. While this won’t bring their son back to the same mental state as he was prior to the accident, it might help to ease the financial burden this accident has placed upon them.
Source: The Florida Times-Union Jacksonville.com, “Bartram Trail’s Aubrey Thompson, critically injured in crash, enters next stage of recovery” Justin Barney, Jan. 24, 2014