When 8-year-old AJ climbed down off his Alamance County school bus, the bus driver failed to activate the flashing red lights or engage the stop arm to warn approaching drivers to look out for students getting off the bus. AJ spotted his great-aunt Sylvia parked across the street and started to run toward her. An elderly woman driving in the opposite direction headed toward the school bus never saw AJ until she hit him.
AJ suffered a broken leg and traumatic brain injuries. He was in the hospital for two weeks and still has deficits caused by the brain injury. Sylvia and Don McCormick, AJ’s great aunt and uncle and legal guardians, retained Burlington attorney Wade Harrison to help them. Harrison asked Raleigh personal injury attorney Isaac Thorp, who had experience handling traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases, to serve as lead counsel in the lawsuit against the school district, the bus driver, and the elderly driver. The case settled in January of this year, almost five years after AJ’s accident.
If I have a client with a crushed ankle, the jury can see the broken bones on an X-ray. I don’t always have an image that clearly shows brain damage.