In an instant, a life can be transformed by the poor decision of another person. Accidents that leave people with serious injuries happen every day. However, brain injuries may have the greatest impact on the lives of those who suffer, and those who care for them. A young man from east of Ontario will never be the same after a devastating accident, and his father expects the worst when the culprit is sentenced.

The accident occurred on Dec. 26, 2015. The young man, now 21 years old, was walking home with a friend from a party. At around 3 a.m., he was struck from behind by an ATV driven by a 16-year-old who was driving impaired. The force of the impact sent the victim approximately 200 feet from the point of impact. He was taken to hospital where he was treated for an extended period.

Doctors at the hospital eventually conceded the young man had little or no chance of a meaningful recovery, and he was transferred to another hospital for ongoing care. As a result of a serious brain injury, he cannot walk or feed himself and requires constant assistance. Although unable to speak, his father believes he is able to recognize his family when they are present. He hopes to bring his son home to a new apartment soon, where full-time staff can help him with his day-to-day living.

The victim’s father does not believe the ATV operator is likely to receive a major punishment for his role in the accident. However, regardless of what happens to the accused, life still continues for the victim and his family. Though nothing can undo what has been done, it may be that some measure of relief may be found by gaining financial compensation. When brain injuries change people’s lives, an Ontario personal injury lawyer may be able to help ease the burden by fighting to gain a reasonable settlement for the injured party.