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Recovery Slow for Minooka Teen after Being Hit By Pick-Up in October 2011

Before the fall of 2011, Kelsey Little was an active 13-year-old who was a straight-A-student at school as well as an active participant in sports and dance classes.

Then in October 2011, she was hit by a pick-up truck as she walked home from a Minooka ice cream stand with friends. The driver was a 16-year-old male who was charged for not slowing down and driving without a license. Kelsey was taken to Provena St. Joseph Hospital where tests revealed she had traumatic head injuries.  She was airlifted to Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago only hours later.

Kelsey was in the hospital for nearly a week before the wound on her head healed completely. She wore a neck brace during her hospital stay and for two weeks after her release to prevent further neck injury.

Since then Kelsey has had two hemotomas, which is swelling of the brain at the site of the injury. Her short term memory has been affected, making studying harder for the 9th grader. Some days, she has headaches that are nearly unbearable. Her doctors stated that the original injury, the skull fracture, only began to mend eight months after the accident.

But according to her mother, Kelsey is still the same loving daughter and friend that she has always been. Her schedule at school is lighter but she is on the pom squad at her high school.

When a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle, the recovery can take longer than anyone expects. If you or loved one knows someone who has been injured in the last year in a motor vehicle accident and still recovering, call Spiros Law, P.C. at (815) 929-9292 to explore your legal rights.