A woman, who suffered severe brain injuries that left her permanently disabled after her car was involved in a broadside car accident with a Los Angeles Police Department car, will get $4.5 million in a settlement approved recently by the Los Angeles City Council.
According to this news report, Sandra Griffin was sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked Nissan Altima just before midnight on September 9, 2006, when an LAPD patrol car driven by Officer Scotty Stevens struck her. The car accident occurred when Stevens swerved to avoid colliding with another car that was blocking lanes at the intersection of Imperial Highway and Success Avenue.
Our firm’s car accident lawyers know that personal injury cases involving traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries that have resulted in physical disabilities are extremely tragic. Most of these brain injuries require 24/7 care and become dependent on someone else to perform ordinary functions such as eating, dressing, bathing and moving around.
The settlement is bittersweet for severe brain injury victims such as Sandra Griffin. Yes, the settlement goes a long way into helping to pay medical bills and future medical care, but it should not be seen as vindication. Drivers that get into car crashes with catastophic injuries like this often have a quality of life that is far worse than before the accident occurred.
Our experienced car accident lawyers want to remind you to always buckle up when you are out on the road. You never know when a random car might be running a red light or when a surprise police car chase will unfold before you.
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