Cayla Wilson, a young woman injured by an impaired driver, has died, the Oregonian reports. She had been struck on the way to a job as a 19-year-old expectant mother. It came to light that the perpetrator was high on methamphetamine, and driving with a suspended license. The man’s erratic, remorseless behavior was likely a factor in him receiving an 11 year sentence for the incident.
Cayla’s parents, Bill and Denise Wilson, faced numerous challenges as they attempted to care for their daughter, who had been in a persistent vegetative state and required around-the-clock care. They elected to sue the city of Portland and Clackamas County for failing to stop the perpetrator from driving with a suspended license. In that effort, they won a $9.3 million settlement.
Bill and Denise are now raising Cayla’s daughter, JaiKyla, now 7, who developed cerebral palsy as a result of being delivered by emergency C-section. With Cayla’s death, the case has now changed from a personal injury case to a wrongful death case. The Wilsons support the district attorney’s effort to charge the perpetrator with manslaughter. There is a hope that he will spend the rest of his life in prison as a result of these events.
As in a case like this, negligence can be criminal and completely life-altering. There is almost no way to quantify the emotional suffering the Wilsons have endured, to say nothing of the very concrete costs of caring for Cayla. You or someone you know may not be facing circumstances as challenging as these, but if you’ve been injured by someone else’s negligence, you need a personal injury attorney with the skills to help make you whole again. Kroll and Johnson have the skills and the passion to get it done. Don’t struggle on alone. Call today for a free consultation.