$525,000 Won for Car Accident Victim

We recently represented a client who sustained a brain injury from a car collision; a brain injury that has continued to cause symptoms even 5 years after the accident. With our help, the victim was able to obtain $525,000 to cover the costs of her medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

About the Accident

Henrico, Virginia 2013: While riding as a passenger in her daughter’s vehicle, the two were struck while turning left at an intersection. Paramedics found our client unresponsive at the scene and attempted to revive her using sternal rubs and nail bed pushes. Ultimately, she regained consciousness during her transport to the hospital after exposure to an ammonia inhalant.

Initial Effects

According to initial evaluations, the victim sustained a concussion, a contusion, lower back pain, and a closed-head injury. Doctors treated her body aches and dizziness and subsequently diagnosed her with a body sprain and strain. At a concussion clinic, doctors determined that our client was experiencing difficulty with concentration, dizziness, and conversation. She was prescribed Elavil, naproxen, and physical therapy.

The victim received treatment throughout 2014, during which time she reported a dramatic decrease in her headache pain. Unfortunately, her concentration had not improved. In January 2015, our client reported numbness throughout her left arm and left leg. A neuropsychologist performed a medical exam and concluded that her medication had not helped as expected. However, the neuropsychologist did note that our client’s PTSD had vastly improved, at which time the doctor reinstated her driving privileges.

Long-Term Outcomes

Due to the number of injuries our client sustained, her driver’s license was suspended and she was unable to return to work, resulting in $29,000 worth of lost wages. She also incurred over $43,000 in medical expenses.

According to her neurologist, the brain injury caused a number of permanent symptoms, including:

  • Cognitive impairment, including inattention, impaired short-term and long-term memory, and Bradykinesia
  • Mood impairment, including depression and irritability
  • PTSD
  • Central auditory processing disorder
  • Impaired sleep and wakefulness, including insomnia and hypersomnolence

The Result

Because our client was a passenger in the vehicle involved in the accident, she was required to sue both drivers. Fortunately, an independent witness testified that the driver of the second vehicle was not protected under the light signal and was predominately at fault for the collision. Officers on the scene supported this notion and charged the other driver with failure to obey a traffic signal.

Using this information, we were able to secure $525,000 for our client’s medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

We believe that car accident victims should not be made to suffer the consequences of a negligent driver. This is why our Charlottesville car accident attorneys are dedicated to fighting for you. We can help you recover compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wages, damaged property, and even pain and suffering. With over 20 years of experience, we have helped our clients obtain millions of dollars in compensation. Let us help you too – call us today.