The Terry Bryant Law Firm holds the record for the largest personal injury verdict in Texas for 2007. The verdict of $29,391,378 is also the largest ever returned in San Jacinto County, Texas. The jury award was for Kent and Tamara Peterson, both of whom suffered serious injuries in a motor vehicle crash that took place near Brenham, Texas. Tamara Peterson had a stroke a few days after the wreck and now suffers cognitive problems and has lost the use of her left side permanently. She will require lifelong care. The crash occurred on March 28, 2006 as the Petersons were returning home from a weekend outing. A pickup truck crossed the center line of the highway and hit the Petersons’ vehicle. Both of the Petersons had multiple serious fractures. Kent Peterson had to have his wrist fused and is unable to return to his job as an airline mechanic. Tamara Peterson’s stroke left her institutionalized for more than a year after the crash.
The driver of the pickup truck who hit the Petersons and his employer, Universal Cable Holdings, were defendants. The Petersons sued the driver for crossing the center line and for driving in the rain with cruise control. The driver also was blind in one eye. The Petersons will face massive bills in the future for their medical care. No amount of money can restore them to their previous lives, but at least as a result of the jury award, they can now get the care they need. The defendants admitted liability, conceding they were responsible for the wreck on the first day of the trial. So the trial was held to determine damages. Terry Bryant and Gregg Anderson handled this case for the Petersons. They did an outstanding job for the Peterson family.
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