Retired Professor Killed by Greyhound Bus
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Buena Vista, VA
Injuries: Traumatic Brain Injury, Wrongful Death
Jury Verdict: $3,719,358.86
By: Virginia Lawyers Weekly Published: April 3, 2006
Type of Action: Wrongful Death
Type of Injuries: Death from Brain Injury
Name of Case: Lomax’s Administrator v. Cothran and Greyhound Lines Inc.
Court/Case Number: Buena Vista Circuit Court/CL99-33
Judge or Jury: Jury
Name of Judge: Humes J. Franklin Jr.
Special Damages: $220,000 in medical and funeral bills
Damages awarded/settled: Awarded
Attorney for the Plaintiff: Douglas A Barry and P. Christopher Guedri
Insurance Carrier: Pacific Employers Insurance
Highest Offer: $2,000,000
Lowest Demand: $3,000,000
Other Useful Information: The deceased was a 66-year-old retired college professor. She was crossing the street in the crosswalk when she was struck by a Greyhound bus making a left turn. It was broad daylight, and she was wearing a bright purple jacket. The Greyhound driver said he did not see her.
Decedent was bleeding from the head, and it was clear that she was severely injured. She remained severely injured and in a nursing home for three and a half months before she succumbed to her injuries.
She left as beneficiaries a husband in poor health and two adopted adult children. Since she was retired with no benefits, there were no economic losses for the beneficiaries except the funeral bill and the medical bills.
Liability was admitted two days before trial, and the medical bills and causation were also admitted. Greyhound offered $1.5 million, which was rejected. On the morning of the trial, Greyhound offered $2 million and was turned down. However, the parties reached a high/low agreement where not less than $1.5 million and not more than $3.5 million would be paid, regardless of the jury verdict, and that neither side would appeal. The jury was out 30 minutes before returning with a verdict of $3,719,358.86.
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