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Traumatic Brain Injury Steals a Life

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Motorcycle vs. truck accident results in catastrophic loss.

Todd Richardson, a 38 year-old father of 5 young children, was on his motorcycle and on his way to buy a part for his boat. Todd planned to take his family to Lake Powell, Utah. When Todd waved goodbye to his family he didn’t know it would be three months before he would return home to a very different life than he had when he waved goodbye.

Todd was stopped at a red light when his motorcycle was slammed into from behind by a truck going 40 mph. The driver of the truck was drunk. Todd was rushed to the hospital where he received emergency surgery for a clot the size of an orange. Doctors did not think he would survive. Todd spent five weeks in a coma and another six weeks in rehab, but he did survive.

What didn’t survive was Todd’s successful law practice, as he is unable to work because of severe memory problems and he has lost the intellectual ability to practice law. However, Todd still donates his time to help those who are economically challenged through the Utah Bar Association . Todd and his wife lost their home, and now

Todd’s wife struggles to work and support the family. His children have lost the dad who used to take everyone boating and skiing and who volunteered as a soccer coach. As for Todd’s wife-she lost her best friend, because Todd can no longer relate his feelings or express himself as he once did .

Todd Richardson is on one of an estimated 2 million Americans who suffer from a traumatic brain injury every year in the United States . Even more frightening is the fact that traumatic brain injury [TBI] is the leading cause of disability for people under 45 years of age, and yet only 1 in 3 Americans are even familiar with the term ‘brain injury’. While the costs of treating, rehabilitating and caring for victims of TBI costs in the neighborhood of $30 billion dollars each year, Todd Richardson’s family would tell you the costs are actually much more.