BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A jury in Bridgeport has awarded $8 million for an Easton boy who was severely injured when a dump truck crashed into his family’s car in 2010.
The Connecticut Post reports that a Superior Court jury found the landscaping company Designing Nature responsible Thursday for the negligence of its driver. It ordered the Easton company to pay damages to the McCauley family.
Testimony at the three-week trial indicated that Thomas McCauley was driving with his two sons and their two friends in the car when they were hit by the dump truck. The boy who was then 9 years old had be extricated from the car and suffered a traumatic brain injury.
“Although he has made a lot of progress he will continue to have difficulty as a result of his injuries for the rest of his life,” said Paul Ganim, an attorney for the boy’s family.
Gary Hohenthal, a lawyer for the landscape company’s insurance carrier, declined to comment on the verdict.
The boy’s parents were in the courtroom when the verdict was announced. They declined to comment.
The jury ordered payment of $2.98 million in economic damages and $5 million in non-economic damages for the boy’s family. Millions more could be added to the award with plaintiffs’ lawyer fees.
Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com