He rode his bike down Oak Street, just like he always did. Would get to the intersection with Main, stop if the pedestrian light was not was not in his favor and then pedal on to the grocery store. This day the little white pedestrian man was flashing in his favor, signaling he had the right of way.
As he started across just as a car sped up, never slowed for the red light and slammed into him.
The driver of the car was a middle-aged woman, who obviously knew better, but she tried to assure him he would be alright, after all his left leg and arm did not appear to have been broken. His head hurt, but it wasn’t bleeding, being ten she assured him he would get over it.
Lucky for little Jimmy another motorist stopped and insisted they call the police. The police came, interviewed everyone and sent the boy on his way. Luckily that citizen’s call to the police allowed us to know the car driver’s identity along with her insurance information.
THE PARENTS WERE UPSET, OFF TO THE LAWYER’S OFFICE
The mother and father sat in the two chairs in front of my desk. She seemed nervous, he was upset. They were both somewhat angry about the woman not immediately calling the police. The father tossed the police report onto the top of my desk; it slid across the mahogany and leather, and seemed to come to a screeching halt in front of me. I picked it up and asked if they had anything else they wanted me to look at. Two photographs came sliding across.
It was clear from the police report she was considered the at-fault driver.
Next, I looked at the photographs of the woman’s car. What I noticed was her car had a dent in the hood.
WHAT DID THOSE PHOTOGRAPHS SHOW?
I studied the images and immediately saw what made me ask about the boy.
- What kind of a student was he before the accident?
- Has he been acting differently since the accident?
- Is he forgetful?
- Does he get angry?
- Does he have a quick temper?
- Then I looked at the mother and asked her, if her son seemed different to her?
- How was he different?
- Were the teachers at school concerned?
- Were his friends no longer hanging out with him?
A FLOOD OF ANGST
Like a damn breaking she poured her heart out about how, since the accident he had not been himself. He was not the same boy who had left the house that morning, the morning before the accident. She was visibly shaken. The husband tried to console the boy’s mother, but it became obvious this was going to take time and answers.
She didn’t know what was wrong with the boy. She just knew there was something wrong with him.
WHAT HAD I NOTICED?
The father also visibly shaken, turned in his chair and asked why I had known to ask about the son’s change in personality.
It was a single dent in the hood. The dent was the size of the boy’s head and it had left a large impression. My undergraduate degree is in psychology and I had taken an interest in how the brain works, and in particular damage to the brain. Since starting to work at the law firm in Waterloo I had further studied closed head injuries and which questions to ask.
I suspected from the mother’s description that this boy had injured his brain and it was likely he would suffer the effects for a long time to come; and perhaps for the rest of his life.
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BOY'S CASE?
We settled their case on the basis of the son’s brain damage. The amount doesn’t matter and even if I wanted to tell you, I couldn’t. The settlement is confidential and that I must respect.
HERE IS WHAT TO DO
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