- Jury Awards $11.35 Million Dollars to Plane Crash Victims
A Philadelphia jury awarded an Akron doctor and his fiancé, a pilot, $11.35 million as compensation for injuries suffered in a 2007 plane crash, one of the largest air crash disaster verdicts awarded to Ohio residents. The verdict was against the company that maintained the plane, as the jury found that the plane had not been properly maintained prior to the crash.
The plane, owned by the doctor and flown by his fiancé, developed engine problems shortly after taking off from DeKalb-Peachtree Airport in Atlanta, and crashed in a non-populated area near a water treatment facility. The doctor was rendered unconscious, but was revived by his fiancé whose legs were crushed. Incredibly, making matters much worse, while the doctor was helping his fiancé out of the plane, a wing exploded – engulfing both in fire. He suffered lung and respiratory system injuries from breathing in flames and fuel and third-degree burns, while she suffered third-degree burns to 40 percent of her body. Sadly, she can no longer fly because she has been unable to pass the FAA’s medical examination.
- Woman and Children Awarded $8.5 Million in Wrongful Death Claim
A federal court jury has awarded a New Hampshire woman and her two children $8.5 million in a wrongful death lawsuit against a trucking company. Tragically, the husband and father was killed when a tractor-trailer ran over him while he was bicycling in Porter, Maine.
Court records detail that, in mediation, the plaintiffs asked for a $5 million settlement, and the company offered $100,000 to avoid a trial.