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$8 million awarded to injury victim following Connecticut wreck


Posted On behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Apr 29, 2014 in Car Accidents

When a child is injured in a vehicle accident in Connecticut, his or her family members may experience many emotions, including fear and frustration. This is especially the case if the motorist who struck the car the child was riding in was negligent behind the wheel. In this situation, the loved ones of the injured child have the right to seek damages for the treatment of his or her injuries and other losses tied to the incapacitating car wreck.

In a recent case in Connecticut, a 14-year-old boy received an award of $8 million after suffering an injury in an accident a few years ago. In this accident, a company dump truck hit the vehicle carrying the boy and his family. The truck was driven by an employee of a landscape design business called Designing Nature. The driver ended up facing charges of driving recklessly and failing to use the correct lane.

The child suffered a brain injury and two broken legs in the head-on crash. The award could end up being above $12 million once legal fees are included. The landscape design business actually has a maximum of just $2 million in insurance coverage.

When a person causes a wreck due to negligent or reckless behavior, he or she may face criminal charges in addition to facing legal hurdles in the form of a personal injury claim. A successfully completed claim certainly can result in financial restitution for damages and other relief. To be victorious in court, however, the underlying facts must be established as true to the satisfaction of the judge presiding over the civil proceedings in Connecticut.

Source: ctpost.com, "Easton boy awarded $8M for crash injuries", Daniel Tepfer, April 24, 2014