I am please today to report a $20.1 Million verdict in a motor vehicle accident wrongful death case against an electrical supply company and their employee driver. The verdict came back today from the Clayton County State Court jury.
The case involved a 62 year old school teacher who suffered broken ribs when he was rear-ended by an electrical supply truck. The teacher was stopped at a red light when the truck crashed into him. While hospitalized he developed an ilieus and subsequent complications. He ultimately aspirated and died.
As it turned out the truck driver was driving a truck during the day and working nights at Wal-Mart. He was only getting 3-4 hours of sleep a night. The defendant company violated transportation regs by failing to ask him about other jobs he might be working. It took the driver a grand total of 3 weeks working two jobs before he killed someone.
About a week before trial Defendants announced their intent to apportion responsibility to a non-party. Defendants tried to blame the treating physicians for failing to save the patient they had put in the hospital. They named their medical expert the week before trial.
The decedent in this case was a very special man who was living a full life at 62. His students loved him and he did quite a lot of volunteer work for the homeless and other charitable causes. Plaintiff’s counsel were Williams, Jane Sams, and Kenneth Lester of the Cochran Firm. Defense Counsel was Edward Lindsey.