It was November 19, 1863. President Abraham Lincoln was asked to make a “few remarks” at the conclusion of the 2 ½ hour speech by Edward Everett at the dedication of the National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. When Lincoln rose, no one had any idea what the President would say nor how long he would speak. He began, “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.…” He continued, for only 2 ½ more minutes, yet his speech lives on in the conscience of the American public over 150 years later.

Abraham Lincoln will be remembered for a lot of other things too. He was the President that guided our nation through a civil war and also helped end it. He was one of four presidents in US history to ever be assassinated, the other three were James A Garfield, William McKinley and of course John F. Kennedy. There are a lot of other facts about Lincoln that we will leave to the biographers.

But there is one little known fact about the famous President that we wanted to share. Did you know that Abraham Lincoln suffered a traumatic brain injury as a boy? According to a variety of reports he was approximately 10 years old when he was kicked in the back of the head by what was either a mule or a horse. Some bystanders alleged that he lay in a coma unconscious for some 24 hours. Some thought he had died and come back to life. According to doctors who have looked at the case, they blame the TBI for causing defects on the 16th President’s Lincoln’s vision and depression later in life, which was known at that time as melancholia. It also likely caused Lincoln to have what is known as a “lazy eye.”

Fortunately Lincoln recovered with all of his cognitive abilities intact. But there’s no doubt that he did not have the resources or the knowledge then that we have today. We’ve seen the research and witnessed firsthand the debilitating effects of a traumatic brain injury. We’ve observed families and their search for help for a loved who has suffered a TBI. That is why we do what we do. As you know, at The Russo Firm we have put together a remarkable team of people to help a person with a TBI through every part of the process, not only getting the legal help that they need but also the necessary physical and medical help. If you would like more information about our approach to traumatic brain injury, please call us at 844-847-8300. Or you can visit our website at  For more information on Abraham Lincoln and his traumatic brain injury, please visit the following links: