Robert W. Johnson & Associates was asked to prepare a LIFE ACTIVITY CALENDAR to illustrate how "invisible injuries" to the brain can significantly affect an individual's chosen life-style.
Jury returns verdict of $2,000,000 for a 44 year old woman who was
diagnosed as having a closed head injury two months after being rear-ended in a car crash.
Location: Northville, Michigan
Case: Barbara Ann Gray vs. Matthew Burr Case, et. al.
Court: Benzie County, Michigan
Plaintiff’s Attorneys: Charles N. Simkins; Simkins and Simkins; Northville, Michigan.
Case Synopsis: On May 19, 1990, the 44-year-old plaintiff, Barbara Ann Gray, was rear-ended while driving her car. According to the emergency room records, she was not knocked out at the scene of the crash, nor was she diagnosed in the emergency room, as having suffered a head injury. In fact, she was not diagnosed as having suffered a closed head injury until about two months after the crash, when she tried to return to her job as a registered nurse and had difficulty doing her job.
Attorney Comments: “As part of our trial presentation, we used a LIFE ACTIVITY CALENDAR in the opening statement, as well as during our presentation with the plaintiff. The CALENDAR dramatically showed the difference in her activities before the accident, compared to the same activities two years post-injury. The LIFE ACTIVITY CALENDAR significantly showed how the color of life was drained out of her nursing career, her involvement in EMS and firefighting, as well as her participation at parties, on overnight trips, in doing homework, and in organizations and visiting friends.
Results: The jury verdict was $2,000,000.