A jury in Indiana has awarded $32.5 million to a woman with a traumatic brain injury that left her partially paralyzed nine years ago when the car she was a passenger in struck a disabled semi-trailer on an interstate. The Lake County jury found that the driver of the car, 40-year-old Kristen Zak of Dyer, was a passenger in and was 40 percent responsible for the collision, and that J.B. Hunt Transport Inc. and its driver, Terry Brown Jr., were 60 percent liable.
The crash occurred on Interstate 65 near Remington, Indiana, about 60 miles south of Gary, on Jan. 17, 2006. Brown was traveling too fast for the wintry conditions and failed to abide by safety regulations, which required him to turn the flashers of the truck on and set out reflective triangles.
Ms. Zak was in a coma for a month. Her mother, Peggy Skaggs, said her daughter, who was a registered nurse, has gained some independence though years of physical therapy. But she still needs help eating, getting dressed and with other daily activities. Todd Schafer, a lawyer with Schafer & Schafer, a firm located in Merrillville, Indiana, represented the plaintiff in the case and he did a very good job for his client.
Source: Insurance Journal
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