Traumatic Brain Injury and Polytrauma
As Ottawa personal injury lawyers we see many people suffering from traumatic brain injuries as a result of motor vehicle collisions, trip and falls, medical malpractice, product malfunction, and other incidents. The effects of a brain injury are complex and vary from person to person. Sadly, a brain injury can change your life and livelihood, which is why it is so important to get the right supportive team around you immediately following an accident.
Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers assisted a pleasant teenager who suffered a traumatic brain injury and other catastrophic injuries as a result of a very serious motor vehicle collision. She was a passenger in a vehicle that was turning left at an intersection when it was hit by a truck travelling through the intersection. Ordinarily, in this situation, a left-turning vehicle is considered 100% at fault (i.e. liable) meaning that only the left-turning vehicle’s insurance company is responsible for compensating the injured persons. There are, however, certain exceptions to this general rule.
How our Ottawa Injury Lawyers Proceeded
This was a very serious collision where several occupants in the left-turning vehicle suffered serious injuries. It was very likely that the occupants’ claims combined would exceed the at-fault driver’s $2,000,000 insurance policy. In other words, the left-turning driver’s $2,000,000 policy was insufficient to compensate the injured parties. The only other way to obtain additional insurance funds was to argue that the truck driving straight through the intersection was liable for the accident. This, as noted, is not an easy task as courts often hold that vehicles with a right of way, such as the truck in this case, are not liable for collisions. Our Ottawa injury lawyers however retained an expert in motor vehicle accident reconstruction and analysis, who examined several key witnesses, obtained crucial documents from police and paramedics, and by used leading edge investigative techniques, among other things. Consequently with this information, our personal injury team was able to attach liability to the driver of the truck. Accordingly, our Ottawa personal injury lawyers were able obtain compensation from the driver of the truck as well. This opened up the amount of funds and compensation available to our client.
Compensation For Traumatic Brain Injury and Polytrauma
Our Ottawa lawyers ultimately settled her tort claim for approximately $1,500,000 which will undoubtedly assist her in the future. She also has available to her in the future $1,000,000 in medical and rehabilitation benefits and $1,000,000 for attendant care benefits.
$3, 500 000 is a lot of money; however this is money that is much needed in this young person’s life and throughout the rest of her life. Our Ottawa injury lawyers were pleased to help her get much needed compensation and the proper medical supports in place.
* Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results and that the amount recovered and other litigation outcomes will vary according to the facts in individual cases.