The City of Norfolk Virginia settled with the mother of a teenager who suffered permanent brain damage after being struck by a city truck for $7,500,000 one week prior to trial. Because the teenage Plaintiff will never be able to work or care for himself, this lawsuit was filed on his behalf by his mother.
In December 2006, the Plaintiff was 17 years old. He was standing in the median, on his way to a job interview. He was hit by truck. Plaintiff’s mother alleged that the Defendant truck driver was negligent in the operation of his vehicle and the Defendant City of Norfolk, Virginia was liable for their employee’s actions under the doctrine of respondeat superior. There was no dispute as to the facts that: the truck was owned and operated by the Defendant City of Norfolk and that the Defendant driver was their employee, acting in the course and scope of his employment at the time of this tragic truck accident.
The Plaintiff suffered a serious brain injury requiring three months of hospitalization. The Plaintiff’s sustained severe brain injury with swelling, which necessitated the removal of a portion of the skull to relieve the pressure. Plaintiff was left with the mental capacity of an 11 year old and was not expected to be able to hold a job or live by himself at any point in the future. At the time of this settlement, plaintiff lived with and was cared for by his mother.