The relatives and friends of a man who was seriously injured in a crash at a Los Gatos, California, shopping center say the man and his immediate family are in need of some financial help. The May 27 car accident has left the man unable to work and support his wife and four children.
The victim, who owns a barber shop in the shopping center, had just walked out of a grocery store there when he heard a car pulling into a parking space, according to a close friend. But the driver accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake, and the car slammed the barbershop owner into a post. His left leg was crushed, requiring three surgeries so far and extensive rehabilitation. Because his job requires him to be on his feet for most of every day, he's not expected to be able to return to work for about a year. As the sole breadwinner of his household, he's struggling both physically and financially.
The man also owns a horse stable in San Jose, where an employee is currently looking after all the animals. In addition to his businesses, the man has been a longtime volunteer with the Los Gatos Lions Club, the school district, Little League and their church. Many of these activities have been brought to a halt as he recovers.
When we think about the potential ramifications of a car accident, often we only consider the medical bills from surgeries and overnight hospital stays. But victims like this man have many more concerns beyond the physical damage. If an accident is caused by someone else's negligence, it's important to consider all of the expenses that will pile up, especially if returning to work right away isn't an option. Little is known about the driver who caused the accident in this case, but the victim's family of six could certainly benefit from the financial compensation that a successful personal injury lawsuit would bring.
Source: San Jose Mercury News, "Community reaching out to help Hibbits," Judy Peterson, July 2, 2012
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