In January, 2007 in Norfolk, VA, Renee Wilson filed a lawsuit on behalf of her son, Travis Dalton, aged 18. He had been on his way to a job interview and was waiting in the median strip on Branbleton Ave. to cross the street. A truck driven by a city employee struck him and caused serious brain injuries. Now Travis Dalton will never work.
After hospital treatment for three months and regular follow-up treatments, Dalton functions as an 11-year old, although he is now 19. Doctors had to remove part of his skull to lower the pressure caused by swelling in his brain. His medical costs so far have exceeded $329,000, but he will need lifelong living assistance.
Ms. Wilson’s lawsuit was filed against the truck driver and the City of Norfolk. The city had argued that it was not responsible because the driver was not actually working, but was traveling between two city recreational facilities. However, on February 6, 2008, the city agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle the lawsuit. It is scheduled to go to trial next week.
The city is self-insured, meaning that it puts aside some of its revenue each year into a special account for paying legal settlements. City officials are complaining that the budget is already $18 million in arrears, and was already going to be hard to balance. Now this award amount will make it even harder.
Travis Dalton’s life will also be harder. Severe brain injury usually has disabling effects. If you have a loved one who has suffered a brain injury because of someone else’s negligence, please contact out brain injury attorneys for a free case evaluation.