A new documentary released on the Brittish Broadcasting Network’s BBC3 follows the lives of four brain injury survivors. It features the long-term emotional cost of brain injury recovery.
For the next couple of weeks, the BBC is offering a one-time documentary on brain injury called “Me & My New Brain.” The documentary tells the stories of young European brain injury survivors and helps viewers understand their ongoing emotional struggles.
Snowboarding Accident Recovery
The main narrator of the documentary is Charlie Elmore. When she was 26 years old, a snowboarding accident left her in a coma. Her parents believed she might die. Once Charlie woke up, her physical recovery happened rather quickly and she was able to relearn how to walk and talk in short order.
Slip & Fall and Slow Healing
Charlie introduces viewers to Hannah Wick, for whom a slip & fall accident at a shopping center left her with serious brain injuries. Nine months into her recovery, Hannah still struggles to put her thoughts together:
“I want to speak how I’m thinking, but I can’t.”
Car Accidents & Cognitive Troubles
The documentary also features Callum who was in a catastrophic car accident at age 19. His brain injury left him unable to distinguish TV from reality. Over the course of his recovery he believed he had been a soldier in Afghanistan and that bees could talk, all because of shows he watched on television.
The Emotional Costs of Brain Injury
All of the brain injury survivors featured in “Me & My New Brain” explain that their recoveries have impacted far more than just physical abilities. Instead, “invisible” disabilities interfere with their ability to interact with the world.
Charlie describes problems understanding certain emotions, registering anger as confusion, for example. Callum’s memory and personality were so affected that he has to rely on his friends to fill in gaps in his own life story.
The brain injury survivors also struggle with lack of long-term support. Anxiety and depression pose on-going challenges. The waves of support that poured in immediately after the accident often dry up over time, leaving patients feeling isolated and alone.
The on-going physical, mental, and emotional disabilities that result from a traumatic brain injury can cause survivors to lose friends, jobs, and even their homes. That’s why patients need long-term, and sometimes lifetime, treatment and care.
But often insurance companies cut off benefits once the physical injuries are healed. They disregard the ongoing costs of brain injury’s emotional consequences. That’s why patients need expert brain injury attorneys who understand the damage, the recovery process, and patients’ financial and therapeutic needs.
The attorneys at Christensen Law in Southfield, Michigan have been representing brain injury victims for over 20 years. After an auto accident, David Christensen and his team can make sure you have the financial support needed for a complete recovery. If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury, contact Christensen Law today for a free consultation.