What was supposed to be a night of celebration ended up being the beginning of a long recovery for one Florida Atlantic University football player. The Bradenton native was ejected from the car after a Boca Raton car accident on I-95, WPTV-5 reports.
It was a Saturday, the day before Valentine’s Day, when the FAU safety, two teammates and a student manager got in the car heading for the annual football awards banquet. The 21-year-old says he has little recollection of events between getting ready for the banquet and waking up in the hospital where he spent two weeks recuperating.
He suffered a broken pelvis, bruising on his brain and multiple skull fractures which required 24-hour home care for months, and extensive and ongoing physical and speech therapy. He considers himself lucky and attributes much of his relatively quick recovery to being in top physical condition. With that said, the 6’2″, 200-lb. athlete has yet to return to the gridiron and continues to seek treatment for short-term memory loss and balance issues. He anticipates returning next season with the endorsement of his neurologist.
In 2008 and 2009, there were almost 400,000 injury-causing Florida car accidents recorded with the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles department. Nearly 15,000 young people aged 21-24 were injured, another 26,950 between the ages of 25-34. In 2009, Broward and Lee Counties rank second and ninth respectively for the number of reported injury accidents recorded in counties with populations of 500,000 or higher.
The statistics don’t tell the whole story. Many of the injured spend months or years recovering. The cost of rehabilitative care can be astronomical. A Boca Raton injury lawyer can fight for your rights and work to ensure you have the proper resources available for the best chances of making a full recovery.