A lot of our Sacramento readers know the challenges a person faces after suffering a traumatic brain injury. The road to recovery is often tremendously difficult, especially if the damage is severe enough to affect mobility and speech. It can take months of therapy before a person is able to return to work again, oftentimes resulting in lost wages and mounting medical bills.
It is often for these reasons that a person who suffers a TBI is encouraged to talk to a skilled personal injury attorney who has particular experience handling cases involving brain injuries. That's because, in some cases, a victim may be owed compensation from a negligent party. This compensation can be used to offset the funds that are lost because of an accident, typically helping a victim focus on recovery instead of potential financial problems.
Unfortunately, a case out of San Francisco is reminding our readers that a victim may need to seek the help of a lawyer who will not only advocate for compensation but one who will help with other legal issues that can arise after a catastrophic accident.
We can see this by looking at the case of Pedro Perez, the window washer who miraculously survived an 11-story fall from a building in San Francisco. Although Perez is lucky to be alive after his fall was broken by a Toyota Camry, Perez now faces a unique and potentially challenging legal issue: he is being sued by the owner of the vehicle on which he fell.
According to the lawsuit, which was filed this month in Superior Court, the driver of the Toyota Camry was also injured in the November accident and is holding Perez and the window washing company, Century Window Cleaning, liable for damage to his person and his vehicle. In addition to this, he is also seeking compensation for emotional distress and pain and suffering as well.
As if recovering from his broken arm and pelvis, and brain injury weren't enough to deal with, Perez now has a lawsuit he must contend with. It's a challenge few people would actively take on their own, choosing instead to seek help from a skilled attorney. It's unknown at this time though if this is the course of action Perez will take.
Source: Courthouse News Service, "Miracle Fall Survivor Whacked With Lawsuit," Dave Tartre, April 13, 2015