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Brain injury leads to $18.5 million settlement

A recent personal injury settlement out of Hollywood should remind Ohio residents about the devastating impact brain injuries can have on an accident victim and the victim's family. Paramount Pictures recently agreed to a settlement in the amount of $18.5 million in a case involving a movie extra who suffered a serious brain injury during the filming of Paramount's movie "Transformers: Dark of the Moon."

During filming, the victim was driving a car in a background scene when a stunt vehicle broke loose from a cable and hit her in the head. Tragically, the accident left the victim with permanent brain injuries. According to her attorneys, she suffers from seizures, memory problems and is blind in one eye.

The victim brought a claim against Paramount alleging that the production company negligently caused the accident due to an improper welding job on the cable connected to the stunt car. The lawsuit also claimed that Paramount backed out of an agreement to pay medical costs.

Ohio residents who suffer a traumatic brain injury as the result of an accident may also be able to recover damages from a negligent party. Compensation can help cover medical bills, long-term care, and even pain and suffering on behalf of the victim and family.

Traumatic brain injury is not always outwardly apparent and symptoms may be much more subtle than in the case above. It is important to look for seemingly minor signs after an accident, including changes in personality or behavior and difficulty with memory. If slight changes are noticeable, it may be best to talk with a doctor and an attorney to ensure the injured person receives medical attention and is well represented in the event of a lawsuit.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Injured 'Transformers' extra receives $18.5 million settlement," Richard Verrier, May 23, 2012

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