A U.S. District Court jury in Kentucky has returned a $7.1 million verdict for the family of Bryan Keith Woodward, a Comair Flight 5191 victim. The family sued Comair in the crash that killed 49 people near Blue Grass Airport in August 2006. Woodward was 39 when he died in the crash. His widow was the only family member of the 47 passengers killed in the crash who did not settle with the airline company.
The suit came after the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled in October that a spouse may sue for loss of physical and emotional companionship, called loss of consortium, after the spouse’s death. Previously under Kentucky law, a spouse could sue for loss of consortium if his or her spouse was incapacitated, but not if he or she died. The victim’s widow wanted to go to trial against Comair because she wanted the airline to publicly take the blame for the crash.
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