Our Illinois brain injury attorneys recently learned of a case in which the parents of a young man who was severely injured when he was run over by a boat are suing the driver of the boat that caused the serious and permanent injuries. The terrible incident occurred a little over two years ago while the boy was out kayaking with his father. While the boy was paddling out towards his father and wearing a bright orange life jacket, the driver of the speedboat was not paying full attention and hit the young man, severely injuring him. The boat ran over the boy cutting his body in multiple places. Because of the negligence of the boat driver, the young man suffered severe physical injuries including a ruptured spleen and a collapsed lung as well as permanent traumatic brain injuries. According to The News Tribune, the boat driver did help the injured boy get to shore following the accident but did not immediately admit that it was his boat that had struck the boy causing his severe injuries. No charges were filed against the driver but he was fined for operating his boat negligently.
The family of the injured young man alleges in their civil personal injury lawsuit against the driver of the speedboat that he was operating the boat in an unsafe manner and that he was driving too fast and not properly watching where he was headed when he crashed into their son. Following the incident the young man was hospitalized for several months and then was in a rehabilitation center for many more months. Now, more than two years later, he still requires a great deal of medical care and is permanently physically and mentally disabled as a result of being hit by the boat. The traumatic brain injury that the young man suffered as a result of the crash was so damaging that he will require lifetime rehabilitation and he will never be back to the way that he was prior to the accident.
The lawsuit against the boat driver does not only cover the costs associated with the medical bills and the boy’s long term medical care, but also aims to try to compensate the family in some way for all the emotional and long-term damage they have and continue to suffer as a result of their son’s lifetime injuries. When someone acts negligently and their actions cause serious injury to another party, the victim and their family should be held liable for these actions and personal injury lawsuits are a way in which the victims may be able to be compensated in some way for these injuries.
If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, please contact our Illinois brain injury attorneys today to talk to them about what options are available to you and your family, and how the person responsible may be held accountable for their negligence. Our personal injury law firm has helped victims all over Illinois recover for their injuries that were caused at the hands of another and are here to listen to your story.