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Husband and Wife Seriously Injured as Passengers

August 2000
Husband and Wife Seriously Injured as Passengers

The Accident

Two passengers, D. and E., sustained serious injuries as passengers in a vehicle struck by another vehicle making an illegal turn into a driveway.

D’s Injuries

D. was in the front seat when the accident occurred, and as a result of the collision suffered a hip injury, which led to the development of a vascular necrosis requiring a total hip arthroplasty. The hip pain led to lower back pain and pain with his right leg and foot.

Prior to the accident D. had worked as a Sales Manager for a transport company, and when the company downsized in 1996, D. took early retirement. At the time of the accident, D. had been actively looking for employment and had been undertaking interviews. D. enjoyed working and had planned on working for many more years.

Those hopes of future employment were destroyed after the accident. D. had become depressed, could no longer enjoy sleep and was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.

E.F.’s Injuries

E.F. was also severely injured during the collision, though her impairments arose from cognitive injuries. She suffered from both amnesia and short-term memory loss and became forgetful, anxious and had difficulty concentrating.

E.F. had held long-term employment as an Administrator at the City of Y and was determined to return to work following the accident. Her colleagues helped to support her and found themselves covering up her disabilities with remembering and cognitive functions.

D and E’s daughter K was also affected by the accident as she put her life on hold to help them in their recovery following the accident. K was listed as a claimant, under the provisions of the Family Law Act, which protects family members of the injured.

The Resolution

Bogoroch & Associates helped the family file a statement of claim, and worked to gather medical evidence. Medical experts and therapists presented test results and long-term prognosis for each of the partners.

Given that E.F.’s injuries were brain related, it was critical to show the full extent of the couple’s ongoing trauma. The parties all met to mediate, and after a lengthy negotiation, the family was offered a fair and reasonable settlement to compensate for their injuries.

Though D. could no longer work or enjoy working in his later years, he was compensated and did not need to worry about his future financial needs. The husband and wife could move forward into their retirement thinking about long-term recovery and better health.

*Please note that the settlement amounts will vary from case to case and are not reflective of what your case may be worth.