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Man who suffered brain injury rides bike across country

In 2010, a New Jersey man was involved in a work-related accident that caused a traumatic brain injury. The man fell from a telephone pole while he was conducting cable company work. The fall was from 20 feet up. Initially, medical responders did not believe the man would survive.

Medical staff removed part of the man's skull and put him in a coma as part of his treatment. When he woke from the coma, the man could not walk. He had to relearn how to walk and conduct basic activities of daily living, and today, he still lives with serious disabilities such as vertigo, pain and problems with memory.

Despite his struggle and his pain, the man decided to take action to raise awareness for traumatic brain injury. He did so in 2015 during a 92-day journey across the country. He took the journey, which constituted 3,400 miles, on a bicycle. He began in New Jersey and made it all the way to the West Coast.

The man was an avid bicyclist before his accident, but medical professionals did not believe he would be able to ride again. In part, his accident left him with balance issues. The man reportedly began with horseback riding as therapy and later graduated to riding his bike again.

The cross-country bike ride, which the man called the "TBI to Victory" ride, took place near the 5-year anniversary of his accident. While many people don't recover as fully as this man from a brain injury, recovery solutions are often available for those who can afford them. Seeking legal compensation from those who might be liable for an accident that caused a traumatic brain injury is one way to afford recovery efforts.

Source: NorthJersey.com, "Ringwood resident completes cross-country bike journey to raise awareness of TBI," Tara Kolton, Aug. 10, 2015

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