A jury has returned a verdict in favor of a retired Ventura County firefighter in his lawsuit arising out of a motor vehicle crash. The Plaintiff was awarded $1.7 million for his injuries caused by a 17-year-old driver found to be negligent for running a red light. The plaintiff, James Renshaw, 48, was in a coma for three weeks and hospitalized for two months after he was struck on the night of January 11, 2011, while riding his motorcycle.
Cooke was driving on a provisional license, at the time of the crash, accompanied by a 17-year-old classmate. He told the investigating officer that he wasn’t paying full attention and didn’t realize the arrow was red until he had entered the intersection.
The $1.7 million jury award covers more than $500,000 in medical expenses. It will also cover future surgeries, the $21,000 loss of Renshaw’s Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and the loss of future earnings. Renshaw had been offered a job as a fire prevention inspector with Raytheon Co. a few days before he was hit. He is now trying to find work he can do despite his injuries and he will need future surgeries. Allen Ball, a Southern California lawyer with Ball, Yorker, located in Ventura, represented the Plaintiff in this case. He did a very good job for his client.
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