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Truck Driver Dragged 16 Feet: $8.5M Awarded

Nicholas Wills4 years ago

A 42-year old truck driver in training was awarded $8.5 million after being dragged 16 feet attempting to fix the brakes under his trailer.

Air Brake Disengaged; Truck Dragged Driver 16 Feet

  • On June 23, 2009, the plaintiff – a truck driver in training at the time – went underneath his trailer with a ball point pen to fix a stuck air-brake valve. While the plaintiff was under the trailer trying to fix the brake, the air brake disengaged, and he was dragged for 16 feet.
  • The plaintiff suffered multiple severe injuries:

    • The plaintiff sustained third degree burns to his face, underarms, chest; seven broken ribs; a broken left scapula (shoulder blade); and a collapsed lung.
    • When the plaintiff was taken to the hospital, he still had asphalt imbedded in his skin
  • The plaintiff’s recovery included multiple procedures for debridement and excision, harvesting, and grafting, and was discharged from the hospital on July 13. He also had 16 doctor visits and more than 50 physical therapy sessions.
  • The plaintiff is under no current restrictions other than keeping his scar tissue out of the sunlight.
  • The plaintiff claims to still have nightmares about the incident, claustrophobia, and he still experiences physical pain from the accident.

Plaintiff Awarded $8.59M

The jury awarded:

  • $90,000 for past medical cost
  • $2,500,000 for past physical impairment
  • $2,500,000 for past pain and suffering
  • $1,000,000 for future pain and suffering
  • $1,500,000 for past disfigurement
  • $1,000,000 for future disfigurement
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