Duane Reade Inc., the drugstore chain, has agreed to pay $22 million to Dr. Shirley Miller, a veterinarian who was severely injured when she was run over by one of its trucks. The settlement came near the end of a second jury trial in the case. The settlement will be paid by ACE America Insurance Co. and the Hartford, two insurers for Duane Reade. As a side note, Duane Reade was purchased for more than $1 billion in 2010 by Walgreen Co.
In September, the trial Judge sanctioned Ace American $10,000 for violating rules against contacting litigants. The incident that gave rise to the lawsuit happened in 2008. Dr. Miller was hit by a driver for Duane Reade on her birthday while she was crossing a Manhattan street. Dr. Miller and had the right-of-way was lawfully crossing the street when the Duane Reade driver ran a red light and hit her. Partially paralyzed in the incident, Dr. Miller can now walk with a walker. She is blind and requires constant care. Dr. Miller is represented by Evan Torgan of Torgan & Cooper, a New York City firm. He did a very good job in her case.
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