A recent lawsuit blames an 85-year-old man for a car accident that left a 20-year-old woman with a traumatic brain injury.
Chloe Demers says that she was using the crosswalk to cross a street in British Columbia when Merle Michels ran a red light and hit her with a Pontiac. She says that she suffers from a severe traumatic brain injury, seizures, post-traumatic stress syndrome, depression, headaches, anxiety and sleep deprivation from the accident that occurred in September. She seeks compensation for lost income, lost earning capacity, medical costs and general damages.
In addition to the brain injury, Demers says the accident broke her leg and left her with lacerations, abrasions and bruises.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said that the driver made “no attempt to slow down” and failed “to take reasonable steps to avoid a collision” before he hit Demers.
Car Accidents and Traumatic Brain Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), traffic accidents are a leading cause of traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs. Car accidents cause more than 17 percent of TBIs, second only to falls (35 percent). Car accidents are the number one cause of brain injury deaths (nearly 32 percent).
Even a minor fender bender can cause mild brain damage. Whiplash can shift the brain’s position inside the skull, leaving the brain in a fragile condition. If left untreated, another head injury can severely worsen the condition.
When you survive a traumatic brain injury, your life will likely have more limitations and restrictions after the accident. Filing a suit in civil court cannot reverse the damage, but it can help provide for a more stable future. Call (866) 377-3800 to schedule a free consultation and learn more.
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