No seatbelt – young boy flies through the windshield. Airlifted to McGill ‘s in Montreal
Personal details (age, family, etc.):
- The client was a young male, 18 years old. He resided in Mississauga with is parents and older brother. The accident took place in the Summer of 2012.
- The client just graduated from high school and was accepted into an engineering program at the University of Waterloo.
- Known to be very pleasant, overachiever.
Accident details (how, where, when, diagram):
- The client was traveling with his friends in a minivan in Quebec, close to Montreal. He was seated in the back seat of the van and was not seatbelted.
- The car was involved in a front end collision on a rural road in Quebec. As result of the impact the client was projected from the back seat and through the windshield onto the road.
Initial accident injuries (hospitalization, damages):
- He sustained a severe traumatic brain injury (GCS 6) as well other minor lacerations
- He was airlifted to a hospital in Montreal where he was placed on life support. He remained in coma for 2 weeks. He was transferred to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre after 4 weeks where he remained for 2 weeks. He was then transferred to the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute where he remained for 10 days and was discharged home.
Sequelae, Injuries and conditions list:
- The client suffered from significant neurocognitive deficits following the accident, including memory, attention, decision-making, depressed mood, executive function, visuospatial abilities.
- The client decided not to participate in rehabilitation and instead attempted to start his university program at the Univesity of Waterloo but failed after 3 months due to inability to cope with the requirements of the program.
- Deemed CAT after 7 months due to low GCS score.
- After returning home from University he began his rehabilitation program in January 2013 which included speech-language pathology, psychologist, OT, PT, Massage Therapy, and Exercise therapy
- Attendant care was denied.
- Unfortunately due to significant emotional issues and psychocognitive difficulties the client did not recover well. He made another attempt to return to school in September 2013, to a different program at a different university, but continued to fail. His course load was reduced to 50% and he required ongoing assistance with school work from his OT and Speech Language Pathologist.
- Client developed a paranoia after 24 months. He became verbally aggressive towards family members and rehabilitation team. He had very poor insight into the extent of his injuries and presented with external locus of control, blaming the rehabilitation team and his family for his failures.
- All services denied were after 36 months.
Settlement or judgment:
- Settlement at 4 years, 1.5 m
- Tort at undisclosed amount