A 19-Year-Old Girl Receives Permanent Brain Injury From Car Accident

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A young 19-year-old woman that received traumatic brain injury in a car accident, has received an $11 million settlement. The lawsuit was against the owner of a van that crossed the center line of a wet two-lane highway. The woman was a passenger in the backseat of a Ford 150 pickup truck when it was hit by a Ford Econoline E350 service vehicle in June 2008. She was hospitalized for nearly six weeks and was in rehabilitation for another six weeks of treatment.

She had $562,043 in medical bills due to her injures in the accident. An expert estimated that it would cost about $4 million to care for her for the rest of her life.

Along with the brain injury, the woman suffered a broken and dislocated hip that left her with a permanent limp. The lawsuit took into account the woman’s activities prior to the accident – she was involved in softball, gymnastics, and took advanced placement classes in high school. The victim now functions like a 12-year-old.

Experts were prepared to testify that it is unlikely that she will make a full, intellectual recovery.

Traumatic Brain Injuries in the U.S.



The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that at least 5.3 million Americans, approximately 2% of the U.S. population, currently have a long-term or lifelong need for help to perform activities of daily living as a result of TBI. Also, TBI contributes to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability annually. The new law in the state of Washington will take important first steps in providing some funding of services. More importantly, it will organize (for the first time) a Strategic Partnership Advisory Council to identify gaps in services and how to fix it so that effective treatment and services are provided to those struggling with TBI and its aftermath.



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