Florida Trucker Paralyzed By Accident Awarded $14.6 Million

June 25, 2009

A South Florida truck driver has been awarded $14.6 million from an accident that left him paralyzed.

A Broward Circuit Court judge ordered insurer National Casualty Co. to pay 64-year-old Derry Brown Jr. Jurors decided the amount of the award.

Brown’s attorney says that his client was hauling sugar in Palm Beach County in 2007 when another driver ran a stop sign, causing him to swerve out of the way.

His attorney argued that had Brown not swerved, the other driver would have died.

Brown’s attorney said National Casualty Co. denied coverage. So Brown sued for uninsured-motorist benefits after he was left without the use of his arms and legs and left with a pile of medical bills.

An attorney for National Casualty Co. could not be contacted.

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