It’s been an exhausting week of daily court hearings concerning the wreck our daughter Aurora was in 2.5 years ago. One fine October day in 2005 she was driving along the main highway to town for a bit of shopping when a delivery truck plowed into her small Toyota pickup. No one saw what happened. The first people on the scene was a firefighter and his wife who called 911 and then stayed with Aurora who drifted in and out of consciousness. The driver of the delivery truck told them, and the paramedics who quickly appeared at the scene, that he thought she was coming slow enough that he had time to make the left hand turn. Shortly thereafter his story was changed and the organization he worked for chose to believe his new version.
Aurora has since suffered severe migraines, dizziness, light-sensitivity, and the worst is she now has an attention disorder which causes her not to remember information and directions. It gets worse under stress or fatigue. She works as a receptionist in a clinic that had to assign her a partner who follows up and double-checks her work. On the stand her supervisor admitted that they keep her only because she’s good with the patients and is a hard worker who tries her best.
In the meantime the insurance company was refusing to pay her mounting medical bills. She had to get a lawyer as a last recourse. We were hoping that when they knew the facts they’d settle out of court, sadly, they didn’t.
To prove that yes, she has suffered mild brain injury she had to endure many various tests, psychological, neurological, medical, plus her educational transcripts were obtained, work records evaluated, medical records scrutinized until she felt her privacy had been totally invaded.
We’re still stunned that she, the victim, was dragged through this grueling experience just to prove her innocence while the driver of the delivery truck briefly showed up for a brief examination on the witness stand, then quickly disappeared. No inspection of his work records, no psychological tests, no deep probing by counselors or neuropsychologists. Even prior driving records were barred from court. How is this possible?
She was proven innocent with compensation for all past medical and specialist bills. It doesn’t take away the grind and pain of the last two and a half years, the loss of privacy and trust and the ongoing migraines and attention problems. But now she can focus on adjusting to her limitations and moving forward to the best of her abilities.
Today we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the assurance we have in Him that there’s a far better life waiting after we’ve shed these old clothes of this present place.
We are truly grateful!