$10.7M Los Angeles Traumatic Brain Injury Jury Verdict


People who are injured in accidents and who are already are injured may be able to recover damages for the aggravation of their preexisting conditions or injuries. In M.C. v. Victor Matthews, Los Angeles Superior Court case number BC557692, the jury returned a substantial verdict to a child with a learning disability who suffered a traumatic brain injury in an automobile accident, illustrating how California courts treat cases in which a preexisting condition is worsened by injuries in accidents.

Factual background of the case
The plaintiff was a 10-year-old girl who was riding as a passenger in a vehicle that was struck by the defendant. The girl was sitting in the backseat behind the driver when the car in which she was riding was rear-ended. She suffered fractures and claimed that she also received a traumatic brain injury.

Plaintiff’s arguments
The girl had an IEP for a learning disability for a visual processing disorder prior to the accident. She was rated as a four on the scale for severe traumatic brain injury immediately following the accident and as a 12 on the scale for moderate traumatic brain injury at the hospital. She spent 11 days in the pediatric intensive care unit because of the accident. She argued that she suffered a permanent brain injury as a result of the accident.

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