Because of this it is not uncommon after some crashes for the injured person to file a personal injury lawsuit. A Pennsylvania man who lost his leg in 2009 when he was struck by a car while pushing a vehicle that had previously been involved in a rear-end crash, filed one of these lawsuits. The 24-year-old’s leg was amputated after it was crushed in the second crash.
Both the driver behind the wheel of the vehicle that caused the first rear-end accident, as well as the driver who caused the second one, were named as defendants. At the end of the trial, in which the jury was allowed to apportion liability, the jury awarded the injured man $19.1 million. Liability was apportioned between the two drivers, 45 percent and 55 percent, respectively.
Following the verdict that decision was appealed on the basis that liability could not accurately be apportioned amount pole involved in two different incidents. The appeals court did not agree and upheld the award.
While life is certainly not over for the young man who lost a portion of his leg, it most certainly is different. Having financial matters covered most likely makes adapting to the new life easier.
Source: The Pennsylvania Record, “Phila. judge affirms $19.1 million plaintiff’s verdict in case of vehicle accident ending with leg amputation,” Jon Campisi, April 24, 2014