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Verizon agrees to pay woman $3 million for car crash injuries

Ohio residents who were in a car crash that was caused by a driver who was on the job may be interested to learn that a woman was awarded $3 million by Verizon after one of their employees allegedly caused a crash on July 24. According to the report, the Pennsylvania car accident left the woman with a brain injury.

The incident took place on Feb. 27, 2012. The woman was reportedly sitting in her stopped vehicle when the male driver of a Verizon truck rear-ended her. As a result of the collision, the woman suffered what was described as a mild traumatic brain injury as well as neck and back injuries. She also suffered memory loss and other cognitive deficiencies. Following surgery, her team of doctors determined that the crash was the cause of the injuries, and she was forced to retire from her nursing career.

During the trial, it was revealed that the Verizon employee was on his personal cellphone with another Verizon employee when the collision occurred. In addition, it was stated that he was also looking at his business cellphone at the time. Ultimately, Version agreed to the settlement following the week-long trial.

Even if a brain injury caused by a car accident is considered mild, the injury could still cause a loss of functions needed to hold a job or find employment. If it is determined that a person's cognitive deficiencies were caused by an accident injury, the person may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who caused the crash. In addition to compensation for medical bills, the injured person may also seek compensation for any income that was lost or that may be lost due to the inability to continue working.

Source: Pennsylvania Record, "Verizon pays nurse $3 million for career-ending brain injury from car crash", Jim Boyle, July 24, 2014

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