Severe and Catastrophic Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys in Coral Springs
Florida Lawyers Representing Victims of Severe and Catastrophic Traumatic
In the case of
Lenhart v. Basora, our firm represented a 27-year-old woman who was thrown from a moped-type
scooter as a result of a collision on a city street. Our client, Ms. Chronister,
was a passenger on a scooter traveling on the road in Fort Lauderdale,
Florida. The defendant, 16-year-old Christopher Basora, was driving a
car on the same street in the center lane when he turned into Ms. Chronister's
lane and collided with the scooter. Ms. Chronister unfortunately was not
wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Due to the collision, Ms.
Chronister suffered catastrophic brain damage that left her in a coma
for weeks and that permanently and tragically altered her entire life.
Due to the severity of her injuries from the accident, after she came
out of the coma, Ms. Chronister was no longer able to care for herself
and required an around-the-clock caretaker (since the accident, her mother,
Mrs. Lenhart, dedicated herself to being the main caretaker for her daughter).
Mr. Basora admitted that he negligently drove his car, but he claimed that
Ms. Chronister was comparatively negligent for the crash because she was
not wearing a helmet while riding the scooter.
Before the trial, Mr. Basora asked the trial judge to prohibit us from
introducing certain evidence relating directly to Mr. Basora’s negligence
in causing the crash on the grounds that he had admitted liability (even
though he did not admit entire responsibility for the accident). Over
our objections, the trial judge prohibited us from introducing evidence
that Mr. Basora had never been issued a driver’s license, that he
had only driven a car once prior to the crash, that he could not recall
whether he was wearing his glasses at the time of the collision, and that
he did not take his medication for depression and anger management on
the day of the crash. Despite the trial court’s extremely prejudicial
(and erroneous) rulings, we were still able to convince the jury that
Ms. Chronister’s catastrophic damages amounted to $11,802,488.80
(which the trial judge reduced post-trial by to a little over $3.8 million
because of the finding of Ms. Chronister’s comparative negligence of 67%).
Even though we had obtained an award that totaled more than $3.8 million
for our client, we actually appealed the case to the
Fourth District Court of Appeals because the trial judge’s evidentiary rulings severely prejudiced
our case to the jury. (This is probably one of the largest jury verdicts
in Florida that was actually appealed from by a plaintiff who
won at trial.) As we anticipated, the Fourth District Court of Appeals agreed
with us that the trial judge’s rulings were erroneous and prejudicial,
and the appellate court reversed the case for a new trial. Ultimately,
the case settled for a confidential amount.
Ms. Chronister’s case is one example of how a severe traumatic brain
injury (severe TBI) can absolutely shatter your life and the lives of
your family. At
Law Offices Cytryn & Velazquez, P.A., our attorneys have spent decades fighting for justice for people like
Ms. Chronister and her mother, who have had their lives turned upside
down after a devastating accident.
If you or somebody you love has suffered a severe brain injury as a result
of any type of incident - whether a motor vehicle crash, trip or slip
and fall, physical assault, or other traumatic event - contact our office today at
for a free consultation.
Our attorneys have more than forty years of experience handling cases where
our clients have suffered brain injuries as a result of other people’s
negligence. And as Ms. Chronister’s case shows, not only are we
ready to take the right cases all the way to trial. We are also determined
to keep fighting even after the trial to make sure that our clients and
their loves ones receive all of the compensation that they are rightfully
entitled to after a terrible, life-altering accident.
What is a Severe Traumatic Brain Injury?
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people in the United States are hospitalized
as a result of a traumatic brain injury. Tens of thousands of people die,
while thousands and thousands more suffer long term disabilities due to
One of the signs of a severe brain injury is that after the injury, a person
will suffer a period of impaired consciousness. Sometimes, a person may
totally lose consciousness only for a brief period of time (such as a
loss of consciousness where the person may be knocked out and unable to
be awakened for no more than a few hours). Other times, the impairment
of consciousness may last for months, years, or even be permanent.
Some of the different levels of severely impaired consciousness that a
person can suffer after a significant traumatic brain injury include:
- Minimally conscious state (where a person shows minimal but definite –
even if inconsistent – signs of awareness, such as being able to
follow simple commands or show a limited and intentional response to stimulus)
- Vegetative state (a person is unconscious but may be slightly awake at
times, though is not showing any meaningful signs of awareness; in a vegetative
state, a person may have minimal responses to stimuli like touch or sound,
but these are merely involuntary reflexes rather than conscious responses)
- Coma (a person who is completely unconscious, usually for an extended period
of time, and showing no signs of being awake, and generally show no responses
What Causes a Severe Traumatic Brain Injury?
Severe traumatic brain injuries can occur after any type of substantial
force causes impact to your head. Some of the common causes of severe
- Moped and scooter accidents
- Violent attacks and physical assaults
- Construction site and workplace accidents
These are just some of the possible causes of a
traumatic brain injury. At Law Offices Cytryn & Velazquez, P.A., our attorneys have decades
of experience representing individuals who have suffered brain injuries
after accidents or physical attacks. If you or somebody you care for is
suffering from a brain injury after any type of incident, contact our
office today for a free consultation by clicking here.
How Can a Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Impact You and Your Family?
A severe traumatic brain injury has wide-ranging and often life-changing
consequences for you and your family. For one thing, many people will
require intensive medical treatment after injury. Even in the best of
cases, it can be a long and hard road to recovery after a severe brain
injury. This potentially means extended hospitalization (possibly in the
intensive care unit - ICU), physical, speech, and occupational therapy
and rehabilitation, and in some cases a requirement of lifetime assistance
with basic, daily activities.
After an injury, many people suffer long-term disabilities and can’t
return to work, can’t do basic household chores, can’t do
routine tasks like tying their shoes or brushing their teeth, can’t
effectively communicate with others, and even have trouble remembering
some of the most important events in their lives.
Because severe traumatic brain injuries can have such wide-ranging and
devastating effects on your future (and your family’s future), it’s
important that you speak with an experienced attorney who is willing to
fight for you to make sure that you get the compensation you need and deserve.
If you or somebody you love has suffered any type of severe brain injury
after an incident that occurred anywhere in Florida, call our office today at
(954) 833-1440 or
contact us online to get started with a free case evaluation.