The Court of Appeals of Georgia affirmed a jury verdict on Nov. 19 in a wrongful death case handled by our firm. The jury in Gwinnett County Georgia had awarded $4,639,416 to the family of Penney Bruner, who was killed in a September 2007 accident. The 2003 Jeep Wrangler in which Mrs. Bruner was a passenger ran off the road and rolled over five times before it came to a rest. Mrs. Bruner, who was wearing her seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle. She was severely injured and was taken to a hospital, where she died about five hours later. The driver remained in the vehicle and was not seriously injured.
The seatbelt restraint system in the Jeep on the passenger side was defective and the belt failed in the rollover incident. The verdict was returned against Key Safety Systems, Inc., the manufacturer of the seatbelt restraint system in the vehicle, and the driver of the Jeep. The jury found Key to be 80 percent responsible for the incident. Daimler Chrysler, the manufacturer of the vehicle, was not a party to the litigation. Had the seatbelt not failed and worked properly Mrs. Bruner would have survived as did the driver.
Chris Glover and Kendall Dunson from our firm and Melody Glouton, a lawyer with Webb, Tanner, Powell, Mertz & Wilson, a Lawrenceville, Ga., firm, tried this case. Dana Taunton from our firm wrote our appellate brief and Robin Clark, a lawyer from Atlanta, argued the case for us at oral argument. All of the lawyers did tremendous work in this case. The opinion by the appeals court was unanimous. We were elated for Mrs. Bruner’s family when the word came from the court that the verdict had been upheld.
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