Traumatic Brain Injury Leads to $1.5 Million for Former Student

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On behalf of Ludwar Law Firm posted in Brain Injuries on Thursday, February 5, 2015.

People in Alberta may be interested in a recent Canadian court case. A judge awarded a woman in British Columbia $1.5 million for suffering a traumatic brain injury she claims changed her personality. The judgment was awarded on Jan. 29 in a Vancouver court. The woman, who was a student, was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by her former boyfriend in 2008 when he evidently ran off the road and into a ditch. The accident caused the young woman to suffer a traumatic brain injury. Witnesses included her professor who testified that prior to the accident, she had been a good and intellectually curious student. After the accident, according to the professor, she demonstrated a marked personality change, characterized by inappropriate behaviour, outbursts and a lack of intellectual ability. After the accident, the woman began working as a dominatrix. The judge found that the woman's accident changed her to such an extent that she would only ever be able to work in entry-level service industry jobs. Her damage awards included $825,000 in the loss of future earning capacity, $300,000 for non-pecuniary losses, $376,863 for special care costs and $23,541.77 in special damages. Her mother, who was also apparently injured in the accident as well, was awarded $943,889.36. Traumatic brain injuries can be life changing, resulting in severe personality changes and the need for 24-hour care in some cases. People who suffer a traumatic brain injury in a car accident due to the fault of another may benefit by filing a personal injury civil lawsuit. Through a lawsuit, injured people may be able to recover damages to compensate them for their pecuniary and non-pecuniary losses suffered as a result. Injured victims may want to consult with a personal injury lawyer about the facts of their case, as a lawyer may help obtain the greatest recovery. Source: Canoe.ca, "Student turned dominatrix awarded $1.5M after car crash changed personality," Ada Slivinski, Jan. 29, 2015