A $23,500,000 verdict was just reached in a motor vehicle negligence case where the plaintiff sustained serious injuries as the result of a truck accident. The 13-year-old plaintiff suffered from a fractured skull and traumatic brain injury. The boy was in a coma for 14 days, spent 15 months in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities and underwent 40 medical procedures. As a result of the traumatic brain injury from which he will never recover, the plaintiff now requires round-the-clock nursing care as he is unable to speak, walk, make many movements or care for himself. In regards to the issue of liability, the defendant driver was ruled to be acting within the course and scope of his employment, contrary to the claims of the defendant employer. The verdict included a $10 million award for past and future pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
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