July 29, 2021
Panada eyes and raccoon eyes are common terms used to refer to the medical condition known as periorbital ecchymosis. Panda eyes or raccoon eyes result from bleeding into the skin around the eyes causing a “black eye” and often is an indication of a sustained TBI. Bruises around both eyes is a symptom of internal bleeding, and in instances of a car accident, slip and fall case, or other personal injury, periorbital ecchymosis is a hallmark indication of a head trauma, TBI or a blow to the head.
In 2007 a 34-year old real estate agent was waiting outside a restaurant and leaning on an unsecured metal railing. While leaning on the railing, the railing fell away from her and she fell backwards hitting the back of her head. As a result of the fall there was a direct blow or blunt trauma to her head and the plaintiff was briefly unconscious following the fall. Medical personnel diagnosed the plaintiff with a concussion and mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). Despite medical records indicating a normal brain scan, there were immediate head trauma symptoms, indicative of a mild traumatic brain injury. As a result of the sustained TBI the injured plaintiff struggles with impaired memory, diminished ability to multitask, fatigue, headaches, impaired concentration and impaired information processing. Past medical expenses claimed in this case amount to $30,000; following prolonged litigation the parties were able to reach a settlement in favor of the plaintiff and prior to trial in the amount of $700,000 (Seven Hundred Thousand Dollars).
Source: METRO VERDICTS MONTHLY: ANONYMOUS FEMALE V. ANONYMOUS RESTAURANT; 2007 VA Metro Verdicts Monthly LEXIS 1089l; CL2006-2411; May 2007
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