When Will County residents are involved in serious motor vehicle accidents, they may require immediate medical treatment in order to prevent their injuries from causing permanent damage.
If not diagnosed or treated properly, brain injuries sustained in a car wreck could lead to numerous problems, including permanent brain damage. This type of damage could result in memory loss, impaired speech, behavioral problems and limited mobility. Misdiagnosed or untreated brain injuries could also result in a wrongful death.
Serious car accidents do claim numerous lives every year in the U.S., but many victims are also saved by quick-thinking and experienced medical professionals. Unfortunately, not all crash victims land in good hands.
Over a year ago, one man lost his wife who was involved in a serious traffic accident. Although her head injuries were severe, the man believed that doctors had made a mistake when treating his wife’s injuries, which later led to his wife’s death.
After his wife died, the man filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital that had treated his wife after her accident. As a result of the crash, the woman suffered a head injury. Her brain was swelling and pressure continued to build up inside her skull. The man’s lawsuit argued that doctors did not treat the swelling and pressure correctly, which increased his wife’s risk of suffering permanent or fatal injuries. The man’s wife eventually died from her injuries.
According to reports, the case was finally settled last week. The victim’s husband and daughter will each receive over $140,000 in damages. Sadly, they will be forced to spend another holiday season and the rest of their lives without their wife and mother.
Source: The West Virginia Record, “Cabell Huntington Hospital pays maximum in settlement,” John O’Brien, Dec. 20, 2012