Our client was riding home from work on his scooter, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, when a truck failed to stop for a red light and pulled right in front of our client. He hit the truck at about 25 miles per hour and fractured his leg in many places and had a brain injury. About a year later, he quit his job, where he had been happily working for ten years, in an impulsive action.
The insurance company for the truck didn’t believe that his brain injury changed his behavior. They made offers to settle of $250,000 and later $400,000. We believed that the crash created permanent physical and psychological injuries for our client and that these offers were inadequate. Before trial, the insurance company offered $750,000 to settle the case. We talked with our client and he decided to go to trial.
After an 8-day trial, the jury assessed damages at more than $1.2 million. With costs and prejudgment interest, the verdict rose to $1.4 million.