The younger sister in the boating accident described above on May 22, 2009, also endured multiple severe injuries. She fell into a two-day coma after the accident and remained in the hospital for an additional 10 days once she woke. Some of her injuries included a concussion, collapsed right lung which she was intubated for, bilateral lung contusions, three fractures to her right pelvis, rib fracture, rotator cuff tear in her shoulder, and nerve damage in the right foot. The accident also left her suffering from anosmia, which is the loss of smell and taste.
The young woman was unable to work for many months after the accident. In addition to her physical injuries she endured emotional pain from grief over her friend’s death, and was diagnosed with PTSD like her sister. She received mental health treatment for her emotional wounds and physical therapy to treat her injuries.
She won $3.9 million with the help of Attorney Samuel L. Davis after the operator of the Boston Whaler was found liable for the crash. The settlement will help take care of all current and future medical procedures resulting from the accident.