While going about our daily lives, we often do not consider the dangers of doing simple things that are part of our daily routine, like crossing the street. It is hard to imagine being in the hospital for two weeks, unconscious while working toward high school graduation and getting ready for college. Even more unbelievable, after surviving the first accident, you graduate, but you get in another severe accident. Meet Tristen Park, survivor and fighter of two accidents.
Tristen Park was crossing the street in Mount Vernon, Illinois when she was struck by a vehicle. According to The Illinois State University, Park was immediately rushed to Cardinal Glennon Hospital (in St. Louis) and was under deep sedation for almost three weeks. During this time, Park was hooked up to a ventilator system while she was sedated and eventually was taken off of the ventilator when she regained the strength to breathe without machine assistance. Her recovery would take much longer, however, because doctors quickly diagnosed Ms. Park with a traumatic brain injury, which resulted in lost memories, severe headaches, and frequent confusion.
During her recovery, her family and friends rallied around her cause, creating a social media page dedicated to supporting her through the long process of recovering after the accident. Her surrounding community also got behind the cause, with her cheerleading team raising money through the sale of bows and t-shirts, and nearby businesses collected donations from customers and gave a percentage of their sales to the cause.
After months of speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational assistance, Tristen continued to work on school and participated in cheering. Her ultimate goal was to be admitted to law school and focus on personal injury litigation in order to help others like her who have been injured in an accident. After graduation, however, Ms. Park was again injured in another serious car accident. Against all odds, she was injured while riding in a friend’s car in the passenger seat. The resulting injuries from this second accident included another traumatic brain injury, as well as a broken neck.
Tristan Park did not anticipate getting into these accidents, especially at a pivotal time in her life. Park was focusing on cheer and school work, preparing for graduation and college, and instead found her life turned upside-down by two serious accidents. Her experience with these thoroughly preventable accidents piqued her interest in personal injury law and how personal injury attorneys (like this law firm in Louisville I found) can help the victims of serious accidents recover compensation for their injuries, lost wages, and other damages.