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Pennsylvania man's recovery highlights cost, time of healing

This week, we are covering the story of a 21-year-old man from a small town in south-central Pennsylvania. The young man was in a serious car accident at the end of November and he is still recovering from his injuries. Though he was the driver in a single-vehicle accident, the injuries he suffered, the medical debt he has accrued and the time it has taken to recover are all similar to those of victims in car accidents caused by negligent drivers. While this young man likely cannot file a personal injury lawsuit, anyone who is hurt by another driver likely can.

It has been over two months since his accident and the 21-year-old still cannot return to work as a motorcycle technician. As it is, this young man has been extremely lucky, as it was not certain that he would initially survive his injuries.

The 21-year-old had been driving in Greencastle when he hit a fence, sending him into a pine tree and through a 30-acre field. When he was found, he was flown to a hospital and quickly went into surgery. Several surgeries later, doctors were forced to put him into a coma. While he has since returned home, he is now legally blind in one eye and will need at least one more surgery in June.

Aside from the injuries, the young man is facing a massive amount of medical debt. In total, the family estimates that the accident has cost $300,000.

When someone in Pittsburgh suffers these kinds of injuries, it is not unreasonable to assume he or she will have the same kind of bills. If the accident was someone else's fault, however, the individual can always seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.

Source: Herald-Mail Media, "Pa. man, 21, describes recovery from November car crash as miraculous," Roxann Miller, Jan. 29, 2014

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