Brenda and Graham were returning to their home near Hamilton, Canada after a short vacation in Key West, Florida. Their drive took them through West Virginia on the afternoon of February 27, 2014.
On I-79 north, just outside of Clarksburg, a wheel and tire assembly disengaged from a tanker trailer travelling south on I-79. The tire crossed the median and crashed through the windshield of the couple’s silver Volkswagen, crushing Graham’s face. Brenda had to crawl over her husband’s unconscious body to get control of the car. He was transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital by helicopter where he was diagnosed with fractured jaws, shattered cheekbones, and a crushed skull and eye
The tire crossed the median and crashed through the windshield of the couple’s silver Volkswagen, crushing Graham’s face. Brenda has to crawl over her husband’s unconscious body to get control of the car.
After a week in ICU, he was flown to a hospital close to his home in Canada for surgery and further treatment. Graham suffered severe and permanent brain damage, cognitive deficiency, as well as loss of vision, taste and smell. He subsequently developed a seizure disorder. He spent more than a month in the hospital and underwent a 10-hour surgery.
Graham is unable to work, suffers seizures that could further impact his condition, and has lost short-term memory.
Brenda did the right thing: she contacted a law firm in Canada for help. The Canadian law firm knew it was best to try the case where the accident occurred.
They researched lawyers in West Virginia and, based on their experience with tragic traffic accidents, the Canadian law firm recommended Wilson, Frame & Metheney in Morgantown, W.Va.
Lawyers for Wilson, Frame & Metheney traveled to Canada. They spent several days with various experts to assess Graham’s damages and to prepare the case for trial.
WF&M secured a substantial settlement from the trucking company that provided financial security for the entire family. An education fund was established for the children, Jordan (17) and Lindsay (16). Brenda received compensation for her injuries and the trauma she witnessed. Graham received financial security to cover all medical therapies, living expenses, and lost income for the rest of his life.
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