A Pottawattamie County, Iowa, jury has awarded a former semitrailer truck driver $25 million in punitive damages in a civil case filed against his workers’ compensation insurance provider. The Plaintiff, Toby Thornton, was paralyzed from the chest down in a crash of his vehicle in June 2009. At the time, he was an employee of Clayton County Recycling.
It was alleged in the lawsuit that American Interstate Insurance Co. of DeRidder, La., the recycling company’s insurance carrier, delayed and fought paying workers’ compensation benefits for years after the accident. The employer denied that Thornton was disabled, resulting in filing of this civil suit. The jury found that American Interstate Insurance acted in bad faith in its dealings with Thornton. Jurors awarded Thornton $284,000 in damages, along with an additional $25 million in punitive damages.
Source: World-Herald News Service
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