Broward County Truck Accident: South Florida Jury Says Insurance Company Must Pay Paralyzed Truck Driver $14.6 Million
Following two days of deliberations, a Broward County jury awarded Pakohee truck driver Derry Brown, Jr. $14.6 million for catastrophic injuries he sustained during a Florida truck accident on May 31, 2007. Brown has been called a hero for acting in a manner that saved another driver’s life while he sustained a spinal cord injury and became paralyzed.
The Broward County truck crash occurred after a motorist in a vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign and cut off Brown’s large truck, a 1998 Freightliner truck. To avoid hitting the vehicle, Brown swerved his 18-wheeler truck off the road, which overturned. Brown is now a quadriplegic.
National Casualty Company, Brown’s insurer, wouldn’t pay his benefits, so Brown sued the company for uninsured motorist benefits. Prior to the civil trial, Circuit Judge Cheryl Aleman ruled that under the National Casualty Policy, Brown was entitled to uninsured motorist benefits.
Uninsured Motorist Benefits
Uninsured motorist benefits provide coverage to an injured person when the person that caused the motor vehicle accident does not have any or enough insurance to cover the claim being made. Uninsured motorist benefits may also be applied in Florida motor vehicle crashes involving hit-and-run drivers. If your insurer is refusing to pay your uninsured motorist benefits following a Broward County motor vehicle accident, an experienced South Florida personal injury lawyer can help you obtain the benefits that you are owed.
While Florida’ Personal Injury Protection coverage mandates that motorists carry a minimum $10,000 in coverage so that drivers have some coverage regardless of who is at fault, this may not be enough.
Catastrophic injuries, such as spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries may require a lifetime of costly medical care, services, and procedures. The victim may also no longer be able to earn a living. For example:
Quadriplegia involves paralysis from the shoulders down. This is the most serious kind of spinal cord injury (SCI). Not only must a person with quadriplegia receive medical attention as soon as possible, but physical and occupational therapy, drug therapy, respiratory therapy, surgery, and certain assistive devices may be required.
Paralyzed former Pahokee trucker wins $14.6 million judgment, Sun-Sentinel, June 23, 2009
Related Web Resources:
Spinal Cord Injury Resource Center