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Man has brain injury following New Year's Eve crash

New Year's Eve is a traditional night for partygoing and celebration. Many New York residents and others around the country choose to partake of alcoholic beverages at the parties they attend. Despite pleas to not drink and drive, some make the decision to get behind the wheel after imbibing. Unfortunately, a man in another state has suffered a brain injury following a crash involving a drunk driver.

According to officials, an off-duty police officer was driving his pickup truck in the early morning hours of New Year's Day. He reportedly struck a car occupied by two men. The pickup truck driver was transported to a nearby hospital, where his blood was drawn. It was determined that the driver was suspected of driving while drunk. According to medical records obtained by the district attorney's office, his blood alcohol level was over the legal limit.

The driver of the car reportedly suffered a broken clavicle. The other man involved in the accident suffered a life-threatening brain injury and lacerations to his kidney and spleen. He also required surgery for a broken pelvis, rib and femur. An investigation of the incident is ongoing.

A brain injury can have significant implications on a person's quality of life. Ongoing effects may range from delays in movement or speech to various levels of incapacitation, requiring constant care. When an injury of this nature is caused by the negligence of another person, compensation may be sought by filing a personal injury lawsuit. A successful outcome in litigation could provide a reward for hospital expenses, therapy costs, long-term care as well as loss of future earnings, pain and suffering. A New York personal injury attorney can help clients and their families work toward achieving the best results possible in a lawsuit.

Source: Boston Herald, "Report: Off-duty cop 'over the legal limit of alcohol' in crash that left man with brain injury", Antonio Planas, Jan. 16, 2018

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