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Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship 2020 winner announced

April 24, 2020 by Steven M. Gursten

Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship 2020 winner announced

Congratulations to University of Wisconsin Law School’s Amy Harriman, recipient of the 2020 Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship

Congratulations to the winner of our 2020 Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship, Amy Harriman who is a third-year student at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

The Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship is an annual scholarship that we offer college students who were victims of car accidents earlier in their lives and have overcome their injuries while pursuing an education.

Through our scholarship, we strive to honor those victims as they continue to persevere through their recoveries and as they push forward to continue their education. They have already achieved so much and we are excited for what they can achieve in the future.

This year we are honored to recognize scholarship winner Amy Harriman for her perseverance and strength of character.

Rebuilding one’s life – and, in some cases after a car accident, building a whole new life – after having sustained serious, life-altering injuries is an extraordinarily difficult, demanding, painful and emotional journey.

Our own auto accident attorneys here at Michigan Auto Law know this based on our own experience helping car crash victims. Often an initial injury is then compounded by how they are treated by their own insurance companies when they are wrongfully denied and cut-off from necessary No-Fault benefits like wage loss or being able to see a doctor to treat for injuries.

Again, congratulations to Amy and we are grateful to you for sharing your inspiring story with us.

Michigan Auto Law offers the Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship every year with a Dec. 31st deadline. For more information, including eligibility, the application form and the application deadline, please visit our Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship page.

Meet Amy Harriman: Winner of the 2020 Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship

Two weeks into her first year of studies at the University of Wisconsin Law School, Amy was biking to class – using the bike lane and obeying the traffic signals which gave her the right-of-way – when a distracted driver disregarded the “yield to pedestrians and bicycles sign” and crashed into her.

As imagined, Amy’s injuries were extremely serious:

  • Her left wrist was broken and several tendons were torn, requiring numerous procedures. She will likely have surgery in the near future.
  • Amy suffered joint and cartilage damage, as well as a torn tendon, to her left ankle, requiring “a four-hour surgery to replace the outside tendon in my ankle with a cadaver tendon and arthroscopic surgery to remove the torn cartilage.” She spent the next five months in a non-weight-bearing cast, a walking cast, a walking boot and, finally, a brace.
  • Amy also suffered a concussion.
  • Between her wrist and ankle injuries, Amy has been to physical therapy nearly 80 times.

Thankfully, Amy was wearing a bike helmet, otherwise the effects of her head injury could have been considerably more severe and debilitating. As Amy aptly observed in her essay: “I am greatly thankful that I was wearing a helmet that protected my brain from the worst of the accident. . . . Without my helmet, I likely would not be typing this essay today.”

Amy is a courageous and determined car accident injury survivor. All the way through what is proving to be an ongoing struggle to recover, she has faced down and overcome many challenges and obstacles that her injuries have laid in her life’s path:

“Law school is difficult as it is, without added mobility issues. The struggle to overcome these injuries have taken me almost two years to recover, and I am not fully recovered yet. But, I am finally getting back to doing the things that I love like fly fishing with my father.”

We wish Amy continued success with her law studies and we thank her for setting such an inspiring example.

What is the Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship?

We understand how difficult it can be to recover after a serious car accident injury.

In order to recognize their struggles, acts of heroism and hard work, Michigan Auto Law offers its annual Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship to college students who were victims of car accidents at some point in their lives and who have overcome their injuries to pursue an education.

Our mission is to lend a hand to those who have survived serious crashes and who are demonstrating resolve and determination to rebuild their lives.

To learn more, please click on Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship on the Michigan Auto Law Scholarships page.

Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship 2020 winner announced

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