/ Blog/ Severity of Truck Accident Injuries Not Always Evident
The full extent of injuries sustained in truck accidents is not always obvious. For example, on December 28, 2011, a 46-year-old New York City man was driving his 2002 Chevrolet Camaro when it was rear-ended by a Brooklyn Bottling Corp. truck. The car sustained minor damage, and the driver initially believed he was fine despite the fact that he hit his head at impact.
Symptoms Appear Later
However, in the days that followed, he was napping more than usual, enduring headaches and dealing with a stiff neck, according to comments later made to the New York Daily News by his wife. Days later, he drove himself to Jamaica Hospital as his left arm and leg went numb.
Bleeding in the Brain Revealed
Medical tests revealed that he suffered a hemiparesis, and he received treatment for a brain bleed in the right parietal lobe. On January 6, 2012, medical personnel moved him to a rehabilitation hospital, but he died three days later. The medical examiner ruled that the cause of death was an accident. The medical examiner’s report also referred to the rear-end collision.
$10 Million Settlement
A civil lawsuit filed in the Queens Supreme Court in 2013 named the bottling company, its parent company and the driver as defendants. Defense lawyers claimed that the man coincidentally suffered a stroke in the days after the accident. However, a February 2015 court decision found the company legally responsible for the collision. The bottling company subsequently settled the case for $10 million.
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