Jurors in Los Angeles have decided that a woman should receive $21.7 million for the severe and permanent brain injuries she received in a personal watercraft accident on a river in 2008. The woman's family blamed both a defect in the watercraft and the drivers of the watercraft involved in the collision for her frontal lobe brain injury and other injuries.
The girl was 15 and riding on a personal watercraft with her friends around the Fourth of July when the accident. The personal watercraft they were on collided with a boat. The girl received multiple broken bones and frontal lobe damage. She was in a coma for nearly eight months and in the hospital for nearly eight months as a result of her injuries. Her sister and the family's attorney both say the woman continues to need significant care.
The frontal lobe is the part of the brain that manages voluntary movement, personality and thought process. Damage to this area of the bran can cause problems with multi-taking, performing basic work functions, attention span and other brain functions.
The family's attorney said the goal was to make sure the woman can have the long-term care that she needs. The family said that the watercraft had a defect that made the machine become impossible to control. The manufacturer of the craft argued that speed, alcohol and reckless driving were to blame.
Under the jury's decision, the manufacturer of the watercraft would be responsible for about half the award. The rest would be owed by the drivers of the watercraft.
Source: CBS Los Angeles, 'Woman Awarded $21.7M In Watercraft Accident That Caused Permanent Brain Damage At 15," July 25, 2013
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