A jury in Jackson County, Fla., recently awarded a car crash victim more than $4 million. Mrs. Julie Keyes was involved in a single-car accident in December of 2006. She was run off the road by another driver and her vehicle over corrected and flipped upside down. Mrs. Keyes was air-lifted to Flowers Hospital in Dothan, Ala., suffering from a bruised spinal cord and a hangman’s fracture. After spending time at Flowers, she was sent to a rehabilitation facility. Following her stay there she was sent to another hospital in Alabama for surgery.
Mrs. Keyes now has difficulty controlling her arms and legs. She is also unable to walk without a wheelchair or assistance from someone else. The driver of the other vehicle was never found, and because of that Mrs. Keyes’ should have been covered under the uninsured motorists coverage of her insurance policy. Her insurance carrier was American International Insurance. A representative of American International told Mrs. Keyes right after the accident that they would provide coverage.
After a week-long trial, the jury ruled for Mrs. Keyes and her husband. Out of the more than $4 million award, $3.4 million was for past economic losses and past and future medical bills. The remainder was for physical pain, suffering and disfigurement. Until the accident, Mrs. Keyes was the caregiver for her husband who lost his leg after a car accident back in 1974. She also worked full-time at the Florida State Welcome Center at the Florida-Alabama line in Jackson County. Larry Perry, with the Perry & Young Law Firm of Panama City Fla., represented the Plaintiffs and did a good job.
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