A Florida Appeals Court has upheld a $65 million verdict for a woman injured in a 2007 traffic crash. Kendra Lymon, then 19, was driving her Dodge Neon back in 2007, when a tractor-trailer struck her car on a state highway. Before the crash, Ms. Lymon was attending South Florida Community College, majoring in psychology. She could speak six languages and was working as a residential aide for Florida Institute of Neurologic Rehabilitation. She was badly injured in the crash and was left with extensive disabilities. She was unable to care for herself. Her condition requires constant supervision.
During a normal day, Ms. Lymon requires assistance to bathe, to dress, to eat, to go to the bathroom and to do other routine tasks of daily living. She has trouble walking and uses a wheelchair. In March of 2009, a jury found in favor of Ms. Lymon and returned with the multimillion-dollar verdict. The lawyers for the defendants, Bynum Transport and its part-time truck driver, argued on appeal that the amount should be reduced because it was excessive and a new trial granted.
The appeal specifically challenged $41,443,401 being awarded for “pain and suffering, disability, physical impairment, disfigurement, mental anguish, inconvenience, aggravation of disease or physical defect, or loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life.” But the Court of Appeal for the Second District affirmed the lower court’s decision and left the jury’s verdict of $65 million intact.
Isaac Ruiz-Carus, the Tampa lawyer who represented Ms. Lymon in the appeal, said the money will help to provide the 24-hour care that she needs to live. He did a very good job in her case.
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