Immigrant worker in coma after being struck by a truck
Personal details (age, family, etc.):
- Male, 44, in Canada on temporary work visa
- No family in Canada and leaving together with fellow worker in a shared rental
Accident details (how, where, when, diagram):
- Was making a left turn while going Northbound on Gore Road just North of Queen when his SUV was sideswiped by a semi-truck. The client was at fault.
- The car was struck on passenger side and rolled over several times.
- Location of Brampton, Ontario intersection of Gore and Queen
Initial accident injuries (hospitalization, damages):
- The client sustained severe traumatic brain injuries and multiple fractures, including clavicle, wrist, ribs, and foot as well as internal injuries.
- He was airlifted from the scene of the accident to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre where was in coma for 3 weeks. He underwent several surgeries for internal injuries as well as a craniotomy surgery where a bone flap was removed to relieve the pressure on the brain. The bone flap was subsequently reinserted (cranioplasty) during a surgery 6 months later.
- The client was discharged home after 6 weeks in the hospital and rehabilitation center.
Sequelae, Injuries and conditions list:
- Recovered relatively well from all fractures, but experienced significant sequelae of TBI which memory issues, speech impairment, attention, executive function, aggression
- Initially the client experienced seizures which were controlled with medication.
- Required 24/7 attendant care due to seizures, incontinence, weakness on the left side of the body consistent with hemiparesis
- CAT determination around 6 months after the accident based on the initial GCS reading at the scene of the accident
- Client received ongoing services after discharge from the hospital: PT, MT, OT, SLP, RSW, PSW, Psychologist, and CM following CAT determination mark
- Services continued until settlement reached 2 years post injury.
- Due seizure activity the client was granted 24/7 attendant care services.
- The client recovered relatively well, regained strength and stamina, unfortunately the sequelae of TBI persisted.
- While still in Canada, the client had a couple of small seizures but refused to inform his rehabilitation team and address the issue medically due to desire to promptly return to home country.
Settlement or Judgment:
- The total amount used for rehabilitation during the 2 year period was $240 k.
- 1 m settlement reached 2 years post injury
- 6 months after return to home country client developed serious seizure disorder which required frequent hospitalization. At that time he revealed that the problem had started while still in Canada.