August 28, 2015

Injuries caused by car accidents can be devastating enough to change a person’s life. However, a Pennsylvania case demonstrates just how life-changing and ultimately life-ending, such injuries can be. A man who was injured by a car 50 years ago when he was a child was still undergoing treatment as the result of his injuries when he died from them on Aug. 24.

The victim was just 8 years old when he and another boy were hit by a car in July 1965. The other boy sustained only minor injuries. However, the man who died this week suffered broken legs and massive head injuries. According to a deputy coroner, he “required a lifetime of treatment and basically he was paralyzed” by the crash, which occurred in Allentown.

His death was determined to have been caused by the injuries he suffered when the car hit him. The deputy coroner said that he never fully recovered from them.

As unusual as this case seems, it’s not unprecedented. This year a Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, man succumbed to injuries that he sustained when he was hit by a car in 1980.

No one can know with certainty how injuries sustained in a car accident will impact them in the future. That’s why any civil litigation against the at-fault driver needs to take into consideration medical treatment, physical therapy, lost wages and other expenses that may occur further down the line. Experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys can help victims and families seek the compensation they need to help cover both current and future costs associated with their injuries.

Source: Medical Daily, “Car Accident Takes Pennsylvania Man’s Life 50 Years After Sustaining Severe Head Injuries,” Steve Smith, Aug. 27, 2015