Injuries to the brain and spinal cord are among the most devastating a person can suffer. One 25-year-old Montana man knows this all too well. A construction accident last fall that almost killed him has left the father of two a paraplegic, paralyzed from the chest down. Recently he returned to his home town of Ronan for the first time since the accident.
Brain injuries are an all-too common result of automobile accidents in Montana. And they are common throughout the country: one estimate says 1.7 million people annually suffer a traumatic brain injury in the United States. Of these, about 90,000 result in a long-term or permanent disability.