A jury in Polk County, Florida, has awarded a 21-year-old woman $65 million for her injuries in a 2007 crash. The lawsuit arose out of a traffic crash that left Kendra Lymon in a coma and hospitalized for months. Ms. Lymon was driving her Dodge Neon when a tractor-trailer owned by an Auburndale-based company, Bynum Transport, crashed into her car. The truck’s driver was working part-time for the trucking company. At trial the issue on liability was which driver had a green light at the intersection. An eyewitness testified that the Plaintiff had the green light.
Despite regaining consciousness and undergoing therapy, Ms. Lymon continues to require 24-hour care and supervision. Ms. Lymon, who was attending South Florida Community College, majoring in psychology, could speak six languages and was working as a residential aide for Florida Institute of Neurologic Rehabilitation. The injuries from the crash left her unable to care for herself. During a normal day, family members must help the woman bathe, dress, eat, go to the bathroom and do other routine tasks. She has trouble walking and sometimes requires a wheelchair. Her mother says her daughter isn’t able to speak much and that family members read to her, take her to the store and assist her with physical therapy exercises. Jim Freeman, a lawyer with the Tampa firm of Wilkes & McHugh, represented Ms. Lymon and did an outstanding job.
Source: The Ledger
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