Drunk driver hits a pedestrian. Air lifted to Sunnybrook hospital in Toronto Ontario
Personal details (age, family, etc.):
- Male, 61
Accident details (how, where, when, diagram):
- Pedestrian struck at green light when a pickup truck hits a sports car hitting the patient on the left side
- Location in Mississauga, Ontario, intersection by the QEW (Queen Elizabeth Way) and Erin Mills Pkwy
Initial accident injuries (hospitalization, damages):
- Medical assessment with Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) at level 3, multiple fractures, internal injuries.
- The patient was dead with severe traumatic brain injury and was resuscitated by the emergency team in a medical helicopter en-route to the Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, Ontario.
Sequelae, Injuries and conditions list:
- Severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) including memory, attention, executive function, aggressive behaviors, disinhibition, impulsivity
- Partial paralysis of the left upper extremity – as his left side and left hand had significantly damaged motor function
- Limited mobility, high risk of falling, at times limited to wheelchair
- Designated with catastrophic impairment immediately due to initial death and resuscitation
- Treatment: Case Manager (CM), Occupational Therapist (OT), Neuro-Physiotherapist (Neuro-PT), Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), Rehabilitation Support Worker (RSW), Personal Support Worker (PSW) with 24/7 attendant care, Hand Therapist.
- The patient will have 3 to 4 treatments a week last for 4h each
- Due to high risk of falling client was unable to reside in his apartment due to narrow doorways and inability to navigate the hallways in a wheelchair. The patient was placed in hotel for 8 months in the outskirts of Oakville all expenses (including food) covered for both the patient and his partner.
- Full transportation was funded by the insurance company via subscription to taxi services.
- Insurance provider funded purchase of larger 2 bedrooms and a den condo for about 500K downtown Mississauga. Funded as well were renovations including widened doorways and adapted bathroom.
- 6K attendant care was funded allowing 24/7 support paid for the services of the immediate family.
- With treatment, the patient was able to get of his wheelchair and walk on his feet use a walker
- The left hand was able to move partially compare to the almost full paralysis
- Slight progress with the brain injury and the client had given a power of attorney to a relative
- The patient was still aggressive with his partner and relatives leading to less support and some frictions
Settlement or judgement:
- Total spent 450 k.
- 2M Settlement reached 2.5 years post-accident.
- Tort several months later. Undisclosed amount.
- Post-settlement: continued RSW services and hand therapy for 6 months – physiotherapy every week and RSW Support worker every 2 weeks
- All paid as part of the post-settlement by the lawyer on the advice of the treatment providers.