DUI flips car in front of hospital. brought back from the dead
Personal details (age, family, etc.):
- Male, 22, living with a room mate in a basement apartment in Brampton. Before the accident he was employed as a retail sales manager, played soccer and basketball recreationally and was very active socially.
Accident details (how, where, when, diagram):
- After a night of drinking with friends the client spun his car, rolled over and hit a post. Single vehicle accident. The accident took place at Bramalea and Peter Robertson Blvd. The client was traveling westbound on Peter Robertson and rolled his car into the South West corner of the intersection.
Initial accident injuries (hospitalization, damages):
- He was immediately transported to William Osler Hospital in Brampton. The client lost consciousness, his GCS was 4 and he remained in a coma for 3 weeks. He was diagnosed with a severe Traumatic Brain Injury. He remained in the hospital for 6 weeks and was discharged to St. John’s Rehabilitation Hospital where he remained for 2 weeks. Following his return home he angered community-based rehabilitation.
Sequelae, Injuries and conditions list:
- Sequelae of TBI significant: memory, attention, decision-making, anger management, disinhibition, difficulties with abstract thinking. Slight paralysis on the right side of the body.
- Deemed CAT after 8 months based on the low GCS score.
- Initially the client participated in PT twice per week, OT once per week, Psychology once per week, Case Management as needed, Exercise therapy three times per week.
- The client made significant progress in all aspects of his life. He became stronger physically, the symptoms of paralysis subsided, he reported feeling much better about himself.
- Initially the family took over attendant care – his mother flew in from Florida and remained in Canada for 6 months providing cooking, cleaning, medication administration, etc. During this time he experiences the greatest rate of recovery. He attended all appointments, improved physically and psychologically, returned to his pre-accident social activities.
- Due to improving health he decided to return to work on part time basis. He began working 2 days per week, and then increased gradually to full-time employment at 20 months post accident. He was offered a position of an assistant manager and then shortly after full manager at his retail store.
- Due to increased time demands due to work client significantly reduced his participation in rehabilitation. He continued with exercise therapy 1 to 2 times per week, OT was reduced to 1 per 2 weeks, psychology was canceled. The client immediately began to deteriorate physically and psychologically. He became depressed, started gaining weight, his relationships with friends and family became strained. He was eventually demoted to a sales representative position after 12 months due to poor performance. He claimed that he became overwhelmed with work and began making numerous mistakes.
Settlement or Judgment:
- The pending settlement, anticipated 500k – low due to client’s return to work.