A jury handed a costly defeat to the Catholic Archdiocese of Miami, awarding $56 million to the family of a teenager left brain-damaged and disabled in a fatal drunken-driving crash that split a car in two.

“Even though it’s a lot of money, it’s nothing compared to what this family’s gone through,” David Deehl of Deehl & Carlson in Coral Gables, Fla., said Monday. He represented the family of Gabriel Maynoldi, who was injured in the one-car accident following an end-of-the-year school party for students of a Miami Catholic school where alcohol was served in 2001.