On Aug. 20, 2008 a jury awarded nearly $2 million to a man who sustained a lumbar compression burst fracture in a collision with a Federal Express delivery truck.
James Hughes was a passenger in a car going through an intersection when he was struck by the FedEx vehicle.
Hughes’ injury is located at the L1 disk, and it will required fusion surgery. He claimed he’s in constant pain and he’s prevented from performing actions more strenuous than walking for brief periods.
He also claimed his injury forced him to close his business.
The defense argued that a traffic signal malfunction caused the accident, but the jury found FedEx 100 percent liable.
Hughes v. Federal Express Ground Packages System, No. 2:07-cv-00286-CE
Court: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall