The Memory of a Classroom: Debbie’s Story

The Memory of a Classroom: Debbie’s Story

Debbie was relieved when the doctors first told her that she had a concussion. She’d always been under the impression that concussions were relatively minor, so she figured she’d be back on her feet and back in the classroom in a matter of days.

Unfortunately, Debbie didn’t yet realize that no two concussions are the same. Some people do indeed recover quickly with few long-term side effects. Other people experience persistent symptoms that can last for months – or even years – beyond the initial trauma.

Debbie would eventually learn that she was in the latter camp. She experienced some moderate physical symptoms in the days after her car accident, but she had been warned that this was common and the nausea and dizziness steadily faded as more time elapsed. She soon felt strong enough to leave the house and handle basic chores and started preparing to return to the classroom so she could resume teaching.

She went back to work, but she was only a few lessons in when she started to suspect that something was off. She was having trouble remembering the basic facts of her own subject, facts that she’d been teaching to students throughout her career. On more than one occasion, Debbie had to ask the class to remind her what they’d been discussing, and her co-workers couldn’t help but notice that she simply didn’t have the same level of command.

When Debbie described the symptoms to her doctor, he told her that her issues could likely be attributed to her concussion. The severity was atypical for someone who was only 34, but long-term memory problems are not unheard of for someone who has suffered a major head injury.

Debbie tried to fight through the diagnosis, but after a few weeks, she was forced to concede that she was no longer as effective as she needed to be. She filed a long-term disability claim in the hopes that the worst of her symptoms might subside with a bit more time.

Thankfully, Debbie’s claim was approved. She started collecting disability benefits and spent more time resting and taking care of herself as best she could.

What scared her was that there was no way of knowing when (or if) her symptoms would go away. Her disability claim only covered a two-year period, and she was still experiencing memory-related symptoms as she approached that deadline. She was afraid that her insurance company would cut her off, whether or not she was healthy enough to return to work.

That’s when a colleague recommended her to Share Lawyers. Debbie made the call, and Share listened as she explained her predicament. They confirmed that the insurance company would probably try to argue that she should be able to work at another job, and that it should therefore no longer have to pay her benefits. However, Share Lawyers assured her that they could prevent this outcome. Her long-term memory problems would be just as big an issue in another job, and she was entitled to long-term disability benefits as long as that remained the case.

Now Debbie is feeling optimistic for the first time since her accident. When she does return to the classroom, she knows she’ll be healthy and ready to face any challenge the kids can throw at her.   

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