New Film Captures Reality of Brain Injuries

The impact of a brain injury can be long-term. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) have been gaining more attention by medical practitioners and researchers as well as by the media. In a new film produced by HBO, documentary filmmakers take a close look at the impact of brain injuries and the real ways that a brain injury can impact the life of a victim. The film, “The Crash Reel” discusses the very insidious nature of a brain injury and the extent to which victims lives are affected long after impact.

Brain injury survivors know that the injury has physical, mental and social components. It can physically leave someone debilitated as well as affect them emotionally and socially. Many victims are unable to work after an accident. Our Charleston brain injury attorneys are experienced with the complicated nature of brain injury cases and will pursue every avenue of recovery for victims.


Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be the result of sports injuries, a car accident, fall, swimming pool or boating accident, or any other incident which causes severe impact. In the film, “The Crash Reel,” the documentary creators follow the life of snowboarder Kevin Pearce, whose life was changed after an accident. The film details the life of the rising snowboarding star before his stardom was eclipsed by a severe accident.

The film captures a moment when Pearce attempts a highly technical and dangerous snowboarding move known as a “cab double cork” which leaves him in a coma. Suffering from a traumatic brain injury, Pearce is also in a rehab hospital for months. The film takes a close look at Pearce’s family, his doctors, his friends, and others who can testify to the difficult road of recovery faced by the snowboarder.

Coming to know his injuries more intimately, viewers can understand the permanent brain damage that impacts his memory and vision. He is also at a greater risk of injury if he suffers an additional blow to the head. While the film focuses on recovery, it also sheds light on the very tragic aspects of traumatic brain injury–many victims will never be back to “normal.” Some will never walk or talk again.

For victims of brain injury, the recovery process can take months or years. In some cases, a full recovery is not possible. Any victim of a brain injury may require extensive medical treatment and care. It is important to have financial support in the event of an accident or injury. An experienced attorney can investigate any case involving TBI and pursue just recovery for victims to compensate for medical expenses, long-term care, lost wages, and other personal losses related to the accident.

Other victims in the film suffered tennis injuries, bicycle injuries, and other sports-related accidents. The filmmakers hope to raise awareness about brain injury and to encourage health, safety and concussion awareness. Though some sports are inherently dangerous, athletes should be wary that complicated and difficult tricks could result in dramatic consequences, including TBI. Parents, teachers, and other authorities should also raise awareness among young athletes to prevent future accidents and injuries.

If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury, contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation with our North and South Carolina attorneys. Call 1-800-887-1965.

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Victims of Asiana Crash Suffer TBI, Spinal Cord Injuries, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, July 16, 2013.

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