This case involved a driver who suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) after a pick-up truck crashed into his vehicle. After a day on-site, a construction worker who was working on a project for his employer, went out to dinner with co-workers. He had several drinks and then got behind the wheel of his employer’s pick-up truck. He realized he had passed the entrance to his hotel, so he attempted an illegal U-turn. As the pick-up truck was making a U-turn, it slammed into a vehicle which was traveling in the opposite direction. As a result, the driver of the vehicle suffered multiple injuries, including a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
What are traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)?
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are caused by a sudden blow or impact to the head. Consequently, the brain tissue is damaged. TBIs cause enormous difficulties for people to carry out some of the most basic every day life activities. This can also include work and a loss of the enjoyment of life they were used to prior to the injury. The brain is the engine for everything we do. Depending on the area of the brain that is damaged, various bodily and cognitive functions may be affected.
Proving traumatic brain injuries (TBI) cases can pose challenges. For example, it can be difficult to fully explain and demonstrate the real extent of the injury as, often, the injured victim’s outward appearance looks physically normal. Traumatic brain injuries are often called “invisible injuries”, because it is on the inside that the brain injury victim is “walking wounded” and struggling to cope with day-to-day life.
How we proved the traumatic brain injury in this case
With the help of experts, we conducted brain mapping. In other words, we matched up the parts of the damaged brain with the client’s disabilities. This illustrated how the portions of the brain that showed damage on the x-rays and MRI scans tied in with the functional and cognitive problems caused by the brain damage. These problems included: memory loss; loss of focus; inability to concentrate; headaches; and, to function generally at higher level before the injury. Witness testimony from before our client’s injury and testimony from afterwards was also critical. Witnesses who knew our client best could show how well our client functioned before the crash compared to life after the brain injury.
Jaime Jackson Law was able to help our client and his family achieve closure by holding the negligent construction worker accountable for his actions. This meant our client and his family had financial support for their ongoing and future needs .