A California jury recently awarded $46 million in damages to a man who suffered catastrophic injuries in a roadside accident in San Bernardino County. The personal injury lawsuit stemmed from an incident that occurred in 2013 when an auto-parts delivery driver crashed into the victim, a landscaper, who was standing behind a truck at the road shoulder.
The impact of the collision forced the plaintiff through the windshield of the negligent driver, severely injuring the plaintiff who lost his left leg and his spleen, and sustained other injuries to the vertebrae, shoulder, and right leg, requiring multiple surgeries.
The plaintiff sued not only the auto-parts delivery driver, but also the auto dealership that allegedly employed the driver at the time. The auto dealership company argued that the negligent driver was an independent contractor but the jury found otherwise, ruling further that the driver was the dealership’s employee who was acting within the scope of his employment at the time of the collision.
The jury awarded the plaintiff $2 million as future medical expenses, $6 million for past pain and suffering, disfigurement, and physical impairment, and $38 million for future pain and suffering, physical impairment and disfigurement.
Personal Injury as Civil Remedy
California tort law allows injured persons or their loved ones to recover compensation for injuries sustained as a result of the fault or negligence of another party or parties. The goal of a personal injury lawsuit is typically for the injured plaintiff to recover financially for his injuries that the defendant caused.
Many types of accidents can cause catastrophic injuries that may potentially be the subject of a personal injury lawsuit. Motor vehicle collisions such as auto accidents, truck accidents, bus accidents, motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian accidents are some of the most common cases filed as personal injury lawsuits.
Other situations can also fall under personal injury cases, such as medical malpractice, slip and fall accidents, defective products, and nursing home abuse. If you or a loved one is injured due to the fault or negligence of another party, it’s best to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about your options.
In Turlock and other parts of Central Valley, California, the law firm of Triebsch & Frampton, APC, have years of proven experience in a wide range of personal injury cases. We invite you to call us today at (209) 667-2300 for a free case evaluation.