Woman Hurt in a Virginia TBI Accident Case is Awarded $500,000
Rear-ender accidents are among the most common types of wreck in Virginia. Although the rate of serious injury is not as high as with head-on crashes, they can be serious. In a recent case, a woman hurt in a Virginia TBI accident was awarded $500,000.
A report in Virginia Lawyers Weekly noted the woman was stopped in a left turn lane on Richmond Road in Albemarle County when she was hit from behind by another driver.
The woman did not lose consciousness at the wreck scene. However, she felt confused and dazed. She refused medical care at the wreck scene.
However, serious symptoms set in later. In a 48-hour period after the wreck, the woman experienced ongoing confusion with headaches, sensitivity to light and pain in her back, neck, and shoulders. It's not uncommon for accident victims to experience symptoms some time after a wreck.
Traumatic brain injuries can be devastating
She sought medical treatment five days after wreck with her family physician. He diagnosed her as having sustained a concussion. However, one month on the woman continued to have symptoms of confusion and headaches and saw a neurologist. It's not unusual for symptoms of a brain injury to last months or even years.
Despite her treatment, her cognitive symptoms persisted, with just a mild improvement, for years after the accident. When people suffer a traumatic brain injury, they can lose their employment and their family relationships are often impacted.
Woman Hurt in a Virginia TBI Accident – How the Wreck Impacted Her Job
The woman was employed by State Farm Insurance Company. She had to stop work for four months after the car accident. She was able to return to work but her injuries limited her abilities. She was eventually forced to work full-time from home. The insurance company for the defendant retained both a neuropsychologist and psychiatrist, reported Virginia Lawyers Weekly.
They examined her and found she did not have cognitive deficits and that she did not sustain a concussion or even a traumatic brain injury.
However, the woman’s medical experts and witnesses who treated her presented evidence that her cognitive symptoms were obvious, ongoing and impacted her quality of life. Her treating physicians said these issues were the result of the automobile collision. The woman ran up medical bills of $14,818.93.
The woman hurt in a Virginia TBI accident was eventually awarded $500,000 at a settlement before the case reached a trial at Albemarle Circuit Court. The woman was represented by attorneys Kevin D. Sharp and Carlton F. Bennett of Bennett & Sharp PLLC in Virginia Beach.
Unfortunately, it's not uncommon for TBI sufferers to experience cognitive defects after a car wreck with injuries. These can include reduced motor skills, short-term memory loss, depression and anxiety, difficulty with auditory learning and verbal communication. Often the cognitive effects of a TBI are permanent and can impact a sufferer's quality of life. Find out more about the impacts of a TBI here on our website.
Find out more about traumatic brain injuries here on our website. If you have sustained an injury of this nature in a Virginia car accident, please contact our personal injury lawyers at (757) 455-0077.