I recently learned that a talented young woman in South Carolina (SC) received a $3 million settlement for medical expenses, lost wages and permanent mental disabilities she suffered after a cement truck broadsided her car. The woman received a diagnosis a mild traumatic brain injury, or MBTI, following the collision in 2004, but the lingering effects of the concussion-like injury left her unable to pursue her chosen career as a certified public accountant or to resume her duties as manager of her parents’ restaurant.
The company whose truck hit the woman in her car, South Carolina Prestress Corporation, agreed to compensate the woman shortly before a civil trial was set to begin in July 2010. The settlement was in part due to the dedicated work of my Virginia (VA) colleague in brain injury law, Stephen Smith, who practices in Hampton. It also points to two important lessons for people who suffer MBTIs as a result of someone else’s actions.
The first is that closed head injuries often heal slowly, and sometimes never completely resolve. Concussions and other MBTIs can leave victims suffering spells of confusion, dizziness, memory loss and lack of coordination for a lifetime. The second take-home lesson is that receiving justice for harm done to you can take years and often requires expert assistance.
I’m glad that the young woman was able to see her case through.
About the Editors: The Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm, whose attorneys work out of offices in Virginia (VA) and North Carolina (NC), edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, Eastern Shore Virginia Injury Attorneys Blog and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as pro bono services.