Florida Jury Awards 6 Million Dollars to Man Who Suffered Brain Injury in Traffic Accident
Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 7, 2015 – A man who was left incapacitated by brain injuries after a traffic accident was awarded $6 million by a Florida jury.
The jury found that the defendant driver was negligent when she crashed into Kenneth Jones’ scooter in 2011. The verdict was rendered at the Moore Justice Center in Viera, Florida, with Judge George Maxwell presiding. Jones, who was retired from the Air Force and once lived alone, now must live in a nursing home. He is alert and aware of his surroundings, but needs constant care.
“Even a mild or moderate traumatic brain injury from a car accident can have a serious impact on a person’s life, and a severe injury can be incapacitating,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa brain injury attorney with Joyce & Reyes, who is not involved in the case. “When such an injury is caused by another person’s negligence, a lawsuit is often the necessary means of obtaining compensation.”
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Christina Araj was distracted while driving a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban and hit Jones’ scooter, causing him to hit her windshield head-first. After the accident, Jones needed eight surgeries on his brain, with doctors removing a portion of his skull to reduce the pressure on the brain.
After seven hours of deliberation, the jury found that Araj was 75 percent at fault in the accident. The $6 million verdict was determined in part by considering Jones’ medical bills and future expenses.
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, between 2006 and 2010, 314 people died in crashes involving mini-bikes, motor scooters and pocket motorcycles.Learn more at http://www.joyceandreyespa.com Joyce and Reyes Law Firm, P.A. 307 S Hyde Park Ave Tampa, FL 33606 Call: 813.251.2007