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Pennsylvania AG still recovering from brain injury in car crash

Even when a car accident seems to be minor, the effects can linger for a long time. In a local example, the Pennsylvania attorney general seems to still be fighting a brain injury she suffered in a distracted driving car accident in October.

We last discussed Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s injuries in our Nov. 10 blog post. To give a quick recap, Kane was being driven by a state employee when the car crashed into a parked vehicle. She fell forward and hit her head on the seat in front of her. The driver reportedly admitted bending over to pick up an iPad that had slipped off the passenger seat and onto the floor during a turn. While doing so, the driver took his eyes off the road “for a second” before the accident.

Kane was diagnosed with neck and back injuries, as well as a closed head injury, which is similar to a concussion. The severity of her injuries worsened in the following weeks, requiring her to begin physical therapy.

While recovering, she was unable to go to the office, though she did some work from home. As of Nov. 13, the Allentown Morning Call reports, her doctor would not clear her to return to full work duties until Nov. 24, at the earliest.

This accident appears to have taken place at relatively low speed, which shows how badly we can get hurt even when the crash is supposedly “minor.” It also shows how a brain injury is not like an ankle sprain or other physical injury that has a fairly predictable recovery time.

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