In 2017, while she was traveling in the Cleveland area, our client, a Toledo resident, was involved in a car accident that resulted in permanent injuries. Our client was riding in the backseat of a car driven by her coworker when the defendant driver failed to maintain assured clear distance, hitting the rear end of the car our client was in. The impact from the collision caused our client to hit her head on the window, immediately causing her to have intense pain in her head. She was taken by emergency medical services to the Cleveland Clinic to treat her injuries.
At the hospital, she was diagnosed with a closed head injury and contusion to her scalp. She was discharged from the hospital and instructed to follow up with her local doctors. After the accident, our client suffered from headaches, memory loss, neck and back pain, dizziness, and shoulder pain. Upon follow up with a local neurologist, she was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome and a mild cognitive impairment. Our client, who already had a pre-existing seizure condition and minor cognitive decline, faced a rapid decline in her health as a direct result of the accident. Nine months after the accident, her neurologist found her cognitive impairment and memory loss to be permanent and believed the car accident likely exacerbated the decline in her neurological condition. Three years after the accident, our client was diagnosed with dementia, a diagnosis likely accelerated by the car accident.
Our office filed suit against the negligent driver in the Common Pleas Court of Cuyahoga County. Luckily, due to a successful negotiation we obtained a settlement for our client without her ever needing to set foot in a courtroom for trial. While our client can never be made whole due to the permanent nature of her injuries, the substantial settlement we secured for her will go a long way to account for her pain and suffering and will help her receive the required medical treatments she now requires.