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Brain injuries changed the life of Ontario singer-songwriter

by | Jan 10, 2018 | Brain Injuries |

An Ontario singer-songwriter and musician urges bicycle riders to wear helmets. The Windsor-born resident of Walkerville believes she might have escaped traumatic brain injuries had she worn a helmet on the day in June 2016 when she crashed. She explains how her life has changed after that day of which she remembers nothing.

She says her life has become a matter of before and after the crash, and this reflects in the songs she writes now. The woman says she was told that a person who came upon her sprawled body on the street called 911. She learned later that she had suffered brain trauma that included bleeding on the brain, a condition that required rest for at least six weeks.

The woman says that although she thought she was ready to resume her normal activities, she soon discovered that her life had changed forever. She had to rethink everything when she wanted to go back to her music. The artist says she struggled to play her guitar, had trouble singing and was unable to keep tempo. She says the trauma of what happened kept on coming back to her, but now, 18 months later, she is ready to get back onto the stage to perform the songs she wrote — one of which she started before the accident and completed it recently.

There is no indication whether this Ontario woman’s bicycle crash involved any negligence on the part of another party. However, any victims who suffered brain injuries in accidents that were caused by the reckless or negligent acts of other parties may be entitled to pursue financial relief. Under the circumstances, the process of filing and navigating a civil lawsuit may be overwhelming, but the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer can ease the process. A lawyer can assist with establishing negligence, determining the full value of financial and emotional damages, and presenting the claim in the court.

Source: CBC News Windsor, “Windsor artist Tara Watts celebrates new normal after traumatic cycling injury“, Dec. 12, 2017

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