Semi-Truck Accident and Injury Claim
According to The Times-Picayune, the family of a woman who was catastrophically injured in a tractor-trailer accident in New Orleans was recently awarded $51.5 Million. This is thought to be the largest jury award ever made to a single plaintiff in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court.
The plaintiff was injured in 2012 while she was in the parking lot of a Lowe’s Home Improvement store. Her husband’s 2007 Freightliner truck moved forward unexpectedly despite use of its emergency parking brake. The plaintiff and her husband tried to stop the tractor-trailer, but the large truck pinned the plaintiff under its wheels and dragged her for some time. Unfortunately, the accident caused the plaintiff to suffer crushing physical injuries and a severe brain injury, leaving her in a minimally conscious state under 24-hour care.