Car accidents are upsetting at any level. Certain accidents are more devastating than others and when Ohio residents are seriously injured in a car crash, their family members are often left to care for the injured victim. One of the most difficult injuries, as far as recovery is concerned, is a traumatic brain injury, also known as TBI.
A mother in Ohio knows this better than anyone. Her son suffered a TBI after a drunk driving accident this past spring. The drunk driver was fleeing a sheriff's deputy when she crashed into the victim's car. The 36-year-old was a repeat drunk driving offender and a Washington state judge recently sentenced her to four years in prison for vehicular assault, as well as eluding an officer. The judge could not impose a stricter sentence for the woman due to sentencing limitations.
The woman only suffered minor injuries while the victim, a married father of two, is permanently disabled. The man must use a walker to move around and the former funeral director was unable to continue to work. His wife does not know how the family will be able to make ends meet now that her husband is out of work. His mother moved from Ohio to help out the family during his recovery. It is likely that the victim will never fully recover to his pre-accident state.
Traumatic brain injuries are unique in that they often require extensive rehabilitation and long-term care. In addition to criminal charges, victims may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent person who caused the accident and the injury. Such a lawsuit can help recover compensation to be applied toward medical costs and lost wages. Although money or added prison time cannot make the victim whole again, it can certainly help the family get through an otherwise difficult time.
Source: The News Tribune, "4-year sentence given to driver in drunken crash," Jeremy Pawloski, Jan. 3, 2014