Virginia Head-on Collision Causes Brain Injury and Headaches | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

Driving at night often adds an additional danger to the roadways for drivers in Virginia (VA).  Although people usually take precautions when driving in the dark by using headlights and paying close attention to the surroundings, other drivers on the road may not be acting as safely.  


A brain injury case, arising from a head-on vehicle crash, reached a settlement of $242, 500 recently in Charlottesville, Virginia.  The plaintiff was heading down the US 250 bypass at night when a car, heading in the other direction, jumped the median, crossed over two lanes, and hit her head-on.  Photos of the victim’s car showed that the damages were extensive.


After the accident, the injured lady was taken to the University of Virginia hospital where records show she had a number of injuries including a “closed head injury,” a fractured leg, and stiffness in the neck.  The emergency personnel noted that the injured individual was disoriented, confused about the place, time, and month.  Additionally, the plaintiff suffered both a concussion and amnesia and spent six weeks in a cast to heal her broken leg.  Repairs were also made to a tooth which was injured in the collision. 


The plaintiff, because she was experiencing constant headaches, visited a neurologist who conducted an EEG.  The results of the EEG showed that the head pain was a result of “irregular theta activity” in the left hemisphere of her brain which was connected to the bruising she received in the car accident.  More specifically, the neurologist argued that the plaintiff was suffering an injury to her left temporal lobe.  The plaintiff underwent acupuncture treatment for headache relief.  Although the headaches were soothed by the treatment, they would return when it ended.