On behalf of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC posted in Brain Injury on Wednesday, February 6, 2013
There are a wide variety of brain injuries that may occur, but they all typically have one thing in common: they have a detrimental effect on the person who has the injury. These effects can range from minimal to life-altering. In a blink of an eye, a person’s whole life can change.
One such person whose whole life changed after a permanent brain injury is a 50-year-old man who was doing time in an Illinois correctional facility at the time the incident occurred. He pled his case in front of a federal jury that ultimately determined the facility was responsible for his injury and ordered that he be paid compensatory damages of $11 million and punitive damages of $1 million.
The man is now partially blind and cannot perform tasks related to taking care of himself, including walking, as a result of his brain injury. It was caused when the man experienced an epileptic seizure, something it seems he has a history of. He was taking medication to control the seizures, but was reportedly denied his medication by staff at the facility for three days prior to the injury taking place.
Because of this negligence, the man had a good case against the facility and was able to win a judgment for compensation for his medical bills and needless pain and suffering. People who have sustained brain injuries or their families would do well to consider speaking with an attorney to see if they also have a case against the party responsible for the injury.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times, “$12 million awarded to prison inmate who suffered brain damage,” Kim Janssen, Jan. 18, 2013