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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Resigns from Congress to Focus on Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury

December 31, 1969

One year after a lone gunman shot her through the head, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has announced that she will be giving up her seat in the US Congress to focus on her recovery. Giffords sustained a traumatic brain injury when she was shot by Jared Lee Loughner outside a Safeway store in Arizona where she was conducting her "Congress on your Corner" meeting on January 8, 2011.

Loughner shot 18 other people that day. 12 of the injured survived, while six others died. Since the shooting, the congressman has bravely fought the uphill battle to recover. She was initially put into a medically induced coma and underwent surgery to control brain swelling and stop the bleeding. Her skull had to be temporarily removed and her eyelids were decompressed.

Since then, Giffords has undergone months of rehab to learn how to walk and talk again. Her fight to get better is far from over.

"We wish Mrs. Giffords well and are happy that continues to get better," said Howard Law PC founder and Anaheim traumatic brain injury attorney Vincent Howard.

Traumatic Brain Injuries
Not all brain injuries are the same. The manner in which it was sustained, the force of impact that was created, the area of the brain and any corresponding functions that were affected, and the health and age of the victim can all have an impact on the outcome. A TBI from a gunshot wound is very different from one from a fall accident or in an Orange County, California car accident.

While some patients are fortunate enough to fully recover, others are not so lucky. Brain damage can lead to:

• Cognitive disabilities
• Speech difficulties
• Confusion
• Memory loss
• Problems concentrating
• Comprehension problems
• Receptive aphasia
• Expressive aphasia
• Sensory problems
• Partial vision loss
• Double or blurred vision
• Blindness
• Hearing disabilities
• Seizures
• Chronic pain
• Paralysis
• Spasticity
• Sleep disorders
• Bowel control problems
• Personality changes
• Depression
• Brain death
• Coma
• Death

A TBI can have a devastating effect on the patient's entire life, impairing his/her ability to be in relationship, hold a job, live independently, drive a car, take care of his/her children, be intimate with a spouse or partner, and/or enjoy the many other freedoms and activities that everyone else takes for granted. Family members and loved ones also sustain certain losses when a brain injury patient loses so much.

"We know that the toll a brain injury can take on a victim can go way beyond what can be documented on a medical chart," said Anaheim personal injury attorney Vincent Howard. "It can be tough to handle these challenges without having the resources that you need to cover treatments and other expenses."

Leading cases of TBIs (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention):

• Fall accidents
• Traffic crashes
• Getting hit by/hitting against events
• Assaults

Gabrielle Giffords in Medically Induced Coma to Help Brain Rest, ABC News, January 9, 2011

What are the Leading Causes of TBI?, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

More Blog Posts:
$12.2M California Truck Accident Verdict Awarded to Victim Who Sustained Traumatic Brain Injury After Being Hit By a Trailer Wheel, California Injury Lawyers, September 9, 2011

Fullerton Cops Accused of Orange County, California Police Brutality in Fatal Beating of Kelly Thomas, California Injury Lawyers, August 13, 2011

$6M Riverside County Truck Accident Settlement Reached in 2007 DUI Case, California Injury Lawyers, May 27, 2011

You may be able to hold the party responsible for your brain injury liable. Contact Anaheim TBI Attorney Vincent Howard today.