Since the horrific crash last summer involving comedian Tracy Morgan and his entourage and a truck driven by Wal-Mart, we have written a number of posts on trucking accidents and what you can do to help your attorney in resolving a case. After all, helping people get compensated for their injuries and losses after a truck accident is why we are in business. So we are proud when we see people receive their due in the face of negligent actions.
Such is the case with the children of the late James “Jimmy Mack” McNair. He was killed in the accident. According to a recent ABC News.com report, Wal-Mart has reached a settlement with McNair’s heirs where the retailer will pay $10 million to his two children. Normally, these settlements are confidential, but the figure was disclosed as part of papers filed in Surrogate’s Court in Westchester County, which was where McNair lived before the crash.
McNair’s two children are ages 26 and 19, respectively and are reportedly putting part of the settlement towards annuities that will pay increasing monthly amounts over time for the rest of their lives, beginning at $3000 per month.
While this news is encouraging, the news about Tracy Morgan’s recovery is not so encouraging. He is reportedly still working on getting better each day, and had hoped to be a part of NBC’s 40th Anniversary Special for Saturday Night Live. He reportedly was not well enough to be part of the show. In the meantime, it appears that a settlement between Wal-Mart and Morgan will not be reached anytime soon.