Careless driving not only causes collisions between vehicles but can cause crashes involving pedestrians as well. The injuries brought about by a car hitting a person can be significant, especially if the person is a minor. It follows, then, that as demonstrated in a recent New York ruling in which the court evaluated a jury’s verdict, the damages awarded in cases arising out of such crashes can be substantial. If you or your child were hurt in a car crash, you should speak to a Syracuse personal injury lawyer about your rights.
Background of the Case
It is alleged that when the minor plaintiff was crossing a crosswalk, she was struck by a truck owned by the defendant bakery and driven by the defendant’s employee. The minor plaintiff’s mother filed a lawsuit on behalf of the minor plaintiff and herself, alleging injuries stemming from the incident. Following a jury trial, both the minor plaintiff and the defendant’s employee were deemed negligent, but the minor plaintiff’s negligence was not considered a substantial factor in bringing about the collision.
It is reported that the evidence presented at trial highlighted the minor plaintiff’s severe injuries, including skull fractures and brain bleeding. Expert testimonies diverged on the minor plaintiff’s diagnosis, however, with one recommending surgery for facial asymmetry arguing such surgery was not necessary. The jury awarded the minor plaintiff $280,000 for past pain and suffering, $2,000,000 for future pain and suffering, and $200,250 for future medical costs. The defendants then moved to set aside the verdict, arguing it was excessive. Continue Reading ›