Sacramento Teenager Suffers Brain Injury From Drunk Driving Car Crash, Part 2 of 2

The following blog entry is written to illustrate an example of a personal injury case. Reviewing this kind of lawsuit should help potential plaintiffs and clients better understand how parties in personal injury cases present such issues to the court.

(Please also note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this personal injury lawsuit and its proceedings.)

Plaintiff neuroradiology experts Bart Preston and Fred Millhop interpreted the various imaging studies and explained to the jury how old blood from micro-tearing of the tissue in the brain was the result of trauma as shown by MRI sensitivity studies.

Plaintiff neuropsychology experts Larry Zoo and James Schnell, who had extensive involvement with German, embraced the prior history and explained to the jury that he was a compromised kid to begin with whose problems were mostly situational, and that he had a strong probability of succeeding in life in a structured environment, such as the military.

Approximately six weeks prior to the accident, German was tested for and diagnosed with serious learning disabilities. He also had a pre-existing history of ADHD, bipolar disorder, explosive disorder, and a long history of psychiatric medication therapy.

German sought $26,000 for past medical expenses, a life care plan estimated at $7.9 million present cash value ($42 million not reduced to present cash value), and damages for lost earnings and pain and suffering. He asked the jury for a total of $72 million.

Boon argued that there was no injury and no connection between the hemorrhage and the accident, that German’s condition was better at present than it was before the accident, and that the case was an exaggeration.

For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.

Defense experts testified that the small hemorrhage was from an arteriovenous malformation, a congenital malformation that existed in German’s brain, and that there was no connection between the collision and the small hemorrhage.

For the defense, neurology expert Ernie Aaron, neurosurgery expert Trevor Cook and neuroradiology expert Chel Zemen testified that there was no brain injury other than a minor hit on the head, and that a brain injury would have led to loss of consciousness and neurological deficits.

Defense neuropsychology expert Kevin Belt testified that, based on her testing of German and review of pre-injury testing from the school psychologist and the treating psychiatrist, there was no brain injury, and that his IQ and cognitive deficits were actually worse before the accident.

For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.

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