It has been 10 months since a horrific accident on the New Jersey Turnpike changed several lives forever. Tracy Morgan and several members of his entourage were seriously injured when a semi-truck owned by retail giant Wal-Mart plowed into their limousine van. In addition to the injuries sustained by the parties, the crash killed one of Morgan’s closest friends, fellow comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair.
In a prior post we highlighted the settlement Wal-Mart reached with McNair’s family; essentially a $10 million settlement that will be paid in increasing increments to McNair’s surviving children as they grow older.
Morgan filed a separate lawsuit seeking compensation for his injuries, which included multiple broken bones and a traumatic brain injury. His recovery (how slow it has become) has been well chronicled. On top of that, we have highlighted in prior posts Wal-Mart’s stance on the issue; basically that the company believes that the injuries were a result of Morgan and the other injured parties failing to wear seatbelts.
While this has been Wal-Mart’s public stance, it recently reached a settlement with Morgan on his lawsuit. As with McNair settlement, the terms have not been disclosed. (The terms of the McNair settlement became public because it involved minors as recipients). Morgan released a statement explaining that Wal-Mart “did right” by him and his family, and that he was glad that the matter was resolved amicably.
The story is an example of the results that can come about after working with an experienced personal injury attorney