A Broward Circuit Court judge has ordered an insurance company to pay a paralyzed truck driver $14.6 million because of a 2007 accident.
Derry Brown Jr. of Pahokee was hauling a load of sugar in an 18-wheeler when a driver ran a stop sign, cutting him off on May 31, 2007. Brown, 64, swerved out of the way, and his truck overturned on State Road 80, just east of Lion Country Safari in Palm Beach County.
The accident cost Brown the use of his arms and legs and left him with mounting medical bills. If Brown had not swerved, the other driver would have died, Brown’s attorney, Robert Kelley, told the court.
According to Kelley, Brown’s insurer, National Casualty Co., denied coverage. So Brown sued for uninsured-motorist benefits.
Jurors decided the amount of the award.
Kelley said Brown is undergoing rehabilitation at the Florida Institute for Neurological Rehabilitation in Wachula. Because of his condition, Kelley said, Brown had to be airlifted to the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, along with a medical team, in order to testify at the trial.
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