Jury Awards Plaintiff $4.9 Million for Injuries in a Motor Vehicle Crash
Broussard, David, & Moroux recently obtained a jury award of $4,900,000.00 on behalf of a 41-year-old wife and surgical technician from Acadia Parish. The plaintiff was injured on August 12, 2019 while on her way to work at Jennings American Legion Hospital. She was traveling down Highway 98 when a Diamond B. Construction pick-up truck ran a stop sign and crashed into the plaintiff’s Suburban, causing it to flip over several times and land upside down in a nearby ditch. As a result of the crash, she suffered immediate and extensive injuries to her neck and low back. Even though the construction worker admitted to fault at the scene, his employers refused to admit fault and contested liability through trial.
Following the crash, the plaintiff was immediately brought to the hospital. She suffered neck, mid back, and low back injuries. As a result of her injuries, she underwent a neck fusion and required a second neck surgery. She also suffered compression fractures in her midback and low back, as well as anxiety, depression, and headaches due to the accident. Her chronic pain required long-term treatment with pain management doctors and her surgeon testified would likely need adjacent segment surgery in the future.
After a four-day jury trial, the plaintiff was awarded $408,857 in past medical expenses, $800,000 in future medical expenses, $948,819 in lost earnings/capacity, and $2,500,000 in general damages. Her husband was also awarded $250,000 in loss of consortium. With judicial interest, the total judgment is $5.5MM.