Lakeland, Florida Family Awarded $50 Million For Son’s Traumatic Brain Injury During 2004 Car Accident
A Polk County, Florida jury has awarded the Ladler family $50 million because their son sustained a traumatic brain injury in a car accident in 2004. Mario Ladler II, a 4-year-old preschooler at the time of the crash, had his skull shattered when Michael Yow, the driver of a pickup truck, struck the car that the family was riding in. Yow has pleaded guilty to DUI involving serious bodily injury. Doctors had to remove part of Mario’s frontal lobe. Mario, now 7, is institutionalized at the Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation because he requires full-time medical care. His brain is now missing the portions that monitor judgment and impulse control. His father Mario Ladler Sr. also sustained injuries in the car crash. His personal injury trial is expected to start in a few months. The $50 million personal injury award is considered the largest civil lawsuit award in Polk County’s history. Of the $50 million, $27 million will go towards Mario’s ongoing medical care. $23 million was awarded for pain and suffering and lost wages. Yow is serving five years in state prison. The $50 million compensation will have to be collected from Geico, Yow’s insurance company. If you or someone you love is seriously injured in a car accident anywhere in Florida, you should speak with a personal injury attorney immediately. You may be entitled to personal injury compensation if another party acted negligently or carelessly and caused your accident. Traumatic Brain Injuries Traumatic brain injuries are very serious injuries that can be very costly to treat. A TBI can occur in a car accident if an injury victim’s head strikes a hard object or is jolted by the force of impact. TBI’s can lead to other serious medical conditions, such as seizures, memory problems, paralysis, loss of vision, speech problems, emotional difficulties, personality changes, loss of motor functions, seizures, and permanent brain damage. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of TBIs. By filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit against the person responsible for your accident in Florida, you may be able to obtain compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, ongoing medical care, and loss of enjoyment of life. Lakeland family awarded $50 million for accident, Tampa Bays 10.com, November 1, 2007 Related Web Resources: Traumatic Brain Injury, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation At The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A., our Florida car accident attorneys have the experience and resources to provide you with thorough and zealous representation so that you can obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A. today and ask for your free consultation.