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Child Suffering Brain Injury Returns to Site of Tragic Nevada Hit-and-Run Accident

After a hit-and-run driver struck Brazyl Ward on Halloween night in 2013, medical professionals gave the child only a 10 percent chance to survive. Two years later, the young girl and her loved ones have returned to the site of the tragic crash.

On that night in 2013, Brazyl, then six years old, was leaving an area Halloween party with members of her family. The party was held at the church near Kim Elementary School in Las Vegas, which is situated near the Tenaya and Peace intersection. According to accident reports, the child took only a few steps into the road before the reckless driver struck her.

As a result of her injuries, Ward spent many months in the hospital. She continues to undergo therapy for her traumatic brain jury, which has hindered her ability to speak in complete sentences. According to the child’s mother, Tiffany Ward, she is making strides in her recovery, despite the severity of her brain trauma.

Although police initially sought a silver Ford Focus or Volkswagen Jetta with a younger male driver with facial hair, no arrests have been made, or suspects made known, in connection with the accident.

As they continue in their recovery, the Ward family is reportedly looking to establish a nonprofit organization that would help children suffering from similar traumatic brain injuries.

 

Living with Traumatic Brain Injury

Head injuries are serious cases. Although an individual may not have the physical trauma associated with injury, such as bleeding, cuts, or other physical damage, there can still be neurological trauma. Such trauma poses major health risks if left undiagnosed, making immediate medical care and appropriate monitoring critical.

In the United States alone, it is estimated that 1.5 million people suffer from brain injuries annually. These types of injuries may be physical, emotional, psychological, or cognitive, and can range in severity. While some brain trauma may be minor, other conditions may prove to be long-term, permanent, or even fatal. An estimated 50,000 people lose their lives as a result of severe brain damage each year.

The long-term effects associated with brain injuries are varied, but typically include:

 

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Memory loss
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Attention and hearing issues
  • Mood Swings

 

Although there is no cure for these types of severe injuries, the advances in medical technology have provided an array or rehabilitative or long-term care options for those suffering from neurological damage. Such programs assist victims in improving their overall quality of life and restoring independence lost as a result of their trauma.

In the Las Vegas area, the personal injury attorneys at Bertoldo, Baker, Carter and Smith assist brain injury victims in their pursuit of damages and other compensation. We believe that you deserve the finest medical care available, and are prepared to use our expertise and resources to ensure that you receive the full and fair compensation that you deserve.

If you, or someone you care for, are suffering from traumatic brain injury due to another party’s negligence, we encourage you to call our law office today at (702) 228-2600.

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