A lifeguard at Daytona Beach ran a truck over a woman’s head in 2011. Her husband and children witnessed the accident and were terrified. A jury recently awarded the injured woman $2.6 million. The Daytona Beach News-Journal has the story here.
During pretrial negotiations, the victim’s attorney offered to settle the case for $2 million. The defendant (Volusia County) turned it down. The victim’s attorney offered to settle for $1 million on the eve of trial. The defendant turned it down. Then, after a five-day trial, the jury awarded $2.6 million.
One interesting aspect to this trial is that Volusia County only has to pay up to $200,000 for its negligence. Anything beyond that requires approval by the State legislature, according to the article, which means the victim may not be able to recover the entire amount of the verdict. This is not the case in Alaska. A victim would not be restricted by the legislature in recovering the full amount awarded at trial.
If you have been injured in accident, whether it be a car accident or some other type of accident, you should contact a personal injury attorney. It is always best to discuss your case with a lawyer before talking with the insurance company. Contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden at 907-771-9002 for a free consultation. You can also visit our personal injury pages, including the car accident page, or our blog page.