A jury has awarded a 21-year-old woman $65 million for catastrophic injuries she sustained in a 2007 Florida truck accident. Kendra Lymon was just 19 and a South Florida community college student when the Dodge Neon she was driving was t-boned at the intersection of State Road 17 and State Road 64 by an 18-wheeler truck driven by truck driver Robert Bohn.
Lymon went into a coma and stayed at a hospital for months. She continues to require 24-hour specialized care, needs help to walk and eat, and is still undergoing speech, occupational, and physical therapy. Prior to the Florida truck crash, Lymon could speak six languages and was working for the Florida Institute of Neurologic Rehabilitation. Now, her family has to help Lymon bathe, use the bathroom, dress, and perform other regular tasks. The jury award will help the family provide for Lymon’s special needs.
The Polk County jury found Bohn and Bynum Transport Inc. 100% liable for causing the Florida truck crash. While the defendants say that Bohn had a green light when he drove into the intersection, a witness claims that it was Lymon who had the green light.
The Florida personal injury team for Lymon's family says that because Bohn had just finished a 24-hour shift as the battalion chief for the Polk County Fire Services, driver fatigue was a likely factor. Her attorneys contend that the transport company failed to make sure that Bohn took the federally mandated number of hours of work off before beginning his shift.
Lymon’s verdict is considered one of the largest personal injury verdicts awarded by a jury in Polk County, Florida.
Woman deserves $65M for crash injuries, jury says, Newschief.com, March 20, 2009
Polk Jury Awards Woman $65 Million in 2007 Crash, The Ledger, March 18, 2009
Documents Supporting $65 Million Verdict, The Ledger, March 18, 2009