Last week, University of Michigan freshman Austin Hatch made the decision to leave the university’s basketball program to take a full medical scholarship and serve as a student assistant coach. This decision came after Hatch had observed that his ability to play basketball on a competitive collegiate level was effected by traumatic brain injuries sustained from two plane crashes, both of which he miraculously survived. Hatch was injured during two private flights piloted by his father on trips to the family’s lake house in Michigan. As a result of the second accident some eight years after the first crash, in which Hatch lost his mother and siblings, Hatch spent months in a coma with doctors uncertain as to what kind of life he would lead. Following extensive rehabilitation and having his scholarship honored by Michigan after the second accident, Hatch has since observed decreased cognitive skills which has made not only schoolwork difficult, but has also forced him to reconsider his dream of following his father’s footsteps of becoming a doctor. However, since joining the University of Michigan team Hatch saw significant playing time in the 2014-2015 season and looks forward to taking summer classes to get his degree in organizational studies while still being part of the team even if it means not being on the court.
As discussed in previous posts and demonstrated above, traumatic brain injuries can dramatically change an individual’s life. As with other serious medical injuries, timing is crucial when seeking treatment and it is important that an individual seek the necessary amount of treatment to ensure that he or she does not any unnecessary hardships. At Schiller Law, we make it a priority to ensure that victims of accidents seek the medical treatment they require and have a strong connection with numerous medical providers. If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury due to the negligence of another, please contact our team of experienced legal professionals at 888-578-3100 or on the web at schillerlawoffices.com