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Car Accident That Led To Brain Injury | Sample Verdict | By Orlando Car Accident Attorney Tina Willis

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Brain Injury Attorney in Orlando FloridaHave you ever wondered what a car accident case that causes a brain injury might be worth?  Well, the reality is that the value of car accident / brain injury cases can vary widely depending on a variety of factors, such as how much insurance coverage is available (this is huge because very often the coverage caps the potential recovery), who caused the accident (or whether both parties contributed), and the extent of the brain injury.   Some brain injuries result in relatively mild symptoms, while others can be so bad that they leave the victim in a vegetative state.  In the sample case results below, you can see that the plaintiff had sustained a previous brain injury (actually more than one), but she was still awarded over 7 million dollars.  (I did not handle this case; this is merely a sample verdict reported from a car accident / brain injury case from another state.)  There are many other reported cases where victims receive either nothing (zero verdict) or very little.  Assuming a brain injury / car accident case gets to a jury, which often requires the judge to deny dispositive motions, then the question really comes down to what the jury thinks.  The other reality is that the overwhelming majority of cases settle before trial, so the question then is what both parties think the jury will award.  I am an Orlando car accident attorney who can help you maximize your chances for success by careful interaction with you throughout your case in the form of highly personalized service.  Call me now to discuss how this approach could help you.

Sample Verdict From Car Accident Case That Led To A Brain Injury

HEADLINE: Auto/truck Accident – Interstate – Brain Injury

TOPIC: Motor Vehicle

DATE: July 22, 2008

PUBLICATION DATE: March 12, 2011

Brain Injury Verdict in LawsuitAWARD: $ 7,953,000

CASE SUMMARY: Plaintiff suffered from a prior brain injury when she was involved in this truck/SUV accident and sustained another brain injury. She sought damages for new debilitating brain injuries, while defendant maintained that plaintiff’s condition was not substantially different after this accident. The jury returned a verdict in favor of plaintiff in the amount of $7,953,000, plus interest from the date of the accident.

Plaintiff Lynn Zoll was 46 years old when she sustained a brain injury in 1987 when she fell on a patch of ice. She rehabilitated and progressed with her disability despite two other rear-end accidents within three years of the subject collision. During that time, plaintiff became a spokesperson for brain injury survivors. She had also obtained a business license two months prior to this accident intending to do voice over work.

In 2003, plaintiff was a passenger in a Jeep on her way to a brain injury conference when a tractor-trailer truck rear-ended her vehicle on I-295 in Hanover County. The Jeep rolled three times. Plaintiff and her driver had to be cut out of the Jeep and were transported by air to a Richmond hospital. Plaintiff sustained a fractured knee, body bruising and another closed head injury. Defendant vehicle was owned by Werner Enterprises, Inc. and operated by one of its employees.

Plaintiff alleged that defendant’s driver was 100% responsible for this accident and claimed she sustained permanent new brain injuries as a result. Brain scans taken in 1993 and 2000 were provided as evidence of the additional injuries, which included speech impairments, headaches, dizziness, memory loss concentration and balance difficulties, fatigue, anxiety and depression. Plaintiff alleged that she made significant progress following the 1987 accident and that the subject accident caused permanent debilitating brain injuries such that she was unable to pursue employment and would required life care. She presented lay witnesses who described her deterioration after the crash. Treaters substantiated those claims and argued that a person who had suffered one brain injury was more likely to have greater damage from a second injury than someone who had never been brain damaged.

Defendant conceded liability several days prior to trial, but disputed causation and the extent of damages. Defendant argued that plaintiff was significantly impaired by her first brain injury and there was no substantial deterioration arising from the second one.

Plaintiff was a 65 year old female who was unemployed.

Injury Text:

Brain injury, fractured knee and soft tissue body bruising. Plaintiff’s primary injury was to her brain. She was the victim of a prior brain injury in 1987, but contended that this new permanent brain injury caused speech impairment (aphasia), stuttering, inability to communicate thoughts, headaches, dizziness, memory loss, concentration difficulties, balance problems, fatigue, anxiety and depression. Plaintiff alleged she was unable to pursue voice over work. She claimed $288,000 in past medicals, $4,000,000 in future care, plus damages for pain and suffering.

AWARD DETAILS:

$7,953,000 plus interest from the date of the accident for a total verdict of $10,222,667.

If You Have Suffered A Brain Injury During An Accident, Marshal As Much Evidence As Possible

Brain Injury Lawyer Orlando FloridaOftentimes the most important potential damages available after a car accident that results in a brain injury (or any other injury) are developed after the accident happens.  These damages are not automatic or guaranteed, and they are vastly different in each and every case.  Just as an example, let’s say in the sample case above that the victim went to a hospital ER after the accident, and was released without careful brain scans (very possible and indeed in my observation seems almost likely).  Then let’s say that she went to a follow up visit with another MD who failed to recognize that her various new symptoms, including headaches, memory loss, dizziness, concentration difficulties, balance problems, fatigue, anxiety and depression, were all related to a new, worsened brain injury.  It would be critical in that situation to have an attorney listening to the client explain all of their various symptoms and making sure that the clients were following up as needed with various health care providers.  Or let’s say the client didn’t have health care insurance.  The auto insurance company typically will not pay for needed treatment before it happens.  So an attorney can explore other options to try and get the plaintiff treated.  These are just a couple of many examples of the ways in which a closely involved injury attorney can increase the potential damages in your case.  If a person were not in close contact with their Orlando car accident attorney while treatment options were being explored, then some conditions that could lead to substantial damages could easily be overlooked.  But careful monitoring can help in many other important ways.

If You Have Been Injured In An Orlando Auto Accident, Or Sustained Injuries In Any Other Accident Anywhere In Florida Or Georgia, Please Call My Personal Cell Phone Today For Immediate Access To An Orlando Car Accident Attorney Who Can Better Explain Your Case Rights.  (407) 383-7290

 

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About the Author:

Tina Willis is a Florida & Georgia personal injury & wrongful death attorney. This includes auto accidents, slip and fall accidents, products & premises liability cases, as well as medical malpractice cases. Ms. Willis operates a boutique law firm from Orlando, Florida, focused on maintaining a reasonable case load so that she can provide personalized service to each and every one of her clients. She spends a tremendous amount of time helping her clients understand how they can help increase the value of their cases, sometimes significantly. After graduating second in her class from Florida State University College of Law in 1995, Ms. Willis worked as an attorney for two large Atlanta defense firms, where she practiced employment and excess insurer defense. Ms. Willis also worked as a professor of Civil Procedure & Advanced Legal Writing at Barry University in Orlando, Florida. Ms. Willis has a "superb" AVVO rating, and was selected by the National Trial Lawyers, as a "Top 100 Trial Lawyer." She now devotes her passion and compassion to her unwavering goal of helping her clients fully achieve the justice they deserve, in the form of maximum compensation for their injuries and losses. Before you hire another law firm, you owe it to yourself to hear what Ms. Willis has to say. Consultations and representation never cost you a penny until she wins your case.
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