The family of a girl left paralyzed after a car accident caused by a drunken driver leaving a New York Giants football game has settled its case. The family will receive $26 million under the terms of the settlement. The amount of the settlement had been sealed until a state appellate court overturned a lower court’s decision and allowed it to be made public. The appellate court’s decision brings an end to the lawsuit filed by the family of the little girl, who was paralyzed from the neck down as a two year old in 1999. The family sued Aramark, the stadium’s concessionaire, contending that employees continued to serve beer to a man at the game after he was visibly intoxicated and slurring his speech. The man, who subsequently drove the car that was involved in the accident, was found after the accident to have a blood alcohol level of 0.226, more than twice the legal limit at the time.
The jury awarded the family $105 million in 2005, but that ruling was reversed on appeal the following year. The parties had actually reached a settlement last year before the case went back to court, but the agreement was sealed. Prior to this settlement, the family had reached separate settlements with the Giants, the NFL and the drunk driver for a total of about $1.2 million. The $25 million settlement with Aramark represents about 90% of the compensatory damages awarded in the initial $105 million jury verdict. The remainder of the original award was for punitive damages. The victim will be able to get the appropriate care as a result of the settlements, which will take care of her for the rest of her life. David Mazie, a New Jersey lawyer, represented the family and did a great job for them.
Source: Associated Press
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