Victim of Drunk Driving Accident Awarded $60 Million
A jury in Collier County has awarded the mother of a teenager injured in a drunk driving accident $60 million in damages. In 2003, the daughter was paralyzed in a drunk driving accident in which she was a passenger. Her boyfriend, the driver, had received alcoholic beverages as a minor from a local bar. On the way home, he fell asleep while driving and crashed into a tree.
The drunk driving accident left the 19-year-old girl in coma with a traumatic brain injury. Now 31 years old, she resides in an assisted living facility in Tampa. Money awarded to the paralyzed woman will provide for future medical and living expenses.
The family of the teenage girl sued the bar for overserving alcoholic beverages and serving minors. Jurors awarded the now permanently disabled woman and her family $10 million for lost wages and $50 million for pain and suffering.
What Are the Costs of Surviving a Drunk Driving Accident?
Victims of drunk driving accidents might be able to receive compensation for injuries. Although drunk driving is a criminal offense, it can lead to civil damages, as we have seen with the case of this young woman.
Accident survivors are often left with catastrophic injuries that will impede their ability to provide income for themselves and family members. In addition to lost income, medical expenses for spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries can be in the millions of dollars.
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