In a recent court case, a California-based rental truck company was ordered to pay $21.2 million to the plaintiff. The jury found the employee of the rental truck company was responsible for an accident that caused significant injuries to the plaintiff.
The employee attempted an unsafe pass on the road with only one lane in each direction, resulting in a head-on collision with the plaintiff’s vehicle. The plaintiff suffered injuries to his head, neck, shoulder, elbow, and knee, leading to surgeries on his right elbow and left knee. After two weeks of trial, the jury awarded him over $21 million for his pain and suffering, as well as medical expenses incurred due to the accident. The defense argued that negligence on behalf of the plaintiff should limit damages to less than one million dollars, while the plaintiffs claimed damages closer to $23 million. Ted Wacker of TBW Law and co-counsel tried the case.
In a statement, Wacker said, "We believe this award will help ensure that the plaintiff can move forward from this tragedy without worry about medical bills or lost wages." He added, "This case had to be tried to a jury in light of the fact that the rental truck company had only offered the family $2 Million prior to trial for the catastrophic injuries they caused the plaintiff. And we hope the jury's verdict of $21 Million has sent the rental truck company a message to take full responsibility for the damages they caused."
The case highlights the importance of legal representation for victims of accidents and the need for companies to take responsibility for their employees' actions. The rental truck company has not commented on the case.
The case against the rental truck company reminds companies that they should be held accountable for their employee's actions.
Ted Wacker is a highly experienced trial attorney with over 30 years of experience litigating catastrophic injury cases, including personal injury cases involving accidents, medical malpractice, and elder abuse.
Ted is an American Board of Trial Advocates member and was selected as a California Super Lawyer for the past ten years. He has settled several multi-million-dollar cases, including a brain injury case against a trucking company for $12.65 million, two motorcycle accident cases for $8 million and $7 million, respectively, and a 2002 auto rollover case resulting in a traumatic brain injury for $6.35 million. These cases show his experience in litigating catastrophic injury cases and his dedication to providing his clients with the best legal representation possible.