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Three years later, crash victim is still struggling

Sometimes, the damage done to an individual during a car crash is irreversible. Fatal injuries are an example of this, but so are those that rob a person of her or his ability to move or speak. This latter example happened to a woman from Easton, Pennsylvania, three years ago when a man driving a vehicle on Raubsville Road in Williams Township, Pennsylvania, swerved off the road and collided with a tree. He was charged with aggravated assault and DUI after the drunk driving accident. Two months later, the woman awoke from her coma even though doctors did not expect her to do so. She was unable to speak then and, unfortunately, has not recovered her ability to communicate verbally.

Though she cannot communicate with her voice, the 26-year-old woman has found ways to speak nonverbally. For instance, when she is watching television with her 9-year-old son and he turns the channel away from something she wants to watch, she shoots him a disapproving glance and kicks her foot. The brain damage she suffered during the crash has caused her many changes and cost her much both physically and financially. Due to her suffering, her family filed a lawsuit against the driver, the city where the crash occurred, as well as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the owners of the vehicle. The suit claims the road was poorly designed, allowing the suit to accuse the public entities. If all goes well, they are expected to receive a settlement offer of $365,000.

The woman is expected to need care for the rest of her life. This money may not be enough to support her for the rest of her days, considering she is only 26 years old. In addition to that, there is a lien against any settlement that is met concerning her treatment. Reports suggest that the lien is worth more than $300,000. So if she receives the expected settlement, she will get even less. If you have been injured in a car crash and believe that someone else is responsible for the damage you have suffered, you should speak to a lawyer about the incident.

Lehigh Valley Live, "Family of brain-damaged Easton woman still adjusting three years after crash" Tom Shortell, Jul. 29, 2013

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