A jury in Bridgeport has awarded $8 million to the family of an Easton boy who was severely injured when a dump truck crashed into their car in 2010.
The Superior Court jury found the landscaping company Designing Nature responsible Thursday, April 24 for the negligence of its driver. The jury ordered the Easton company to pay damages to the McCauley family.
Testimony at the three-week trial indicated that Thomas McCauley was driving with his two sons and their two friends in the car when they were hit by the dump truck as they approached the intersection. The boy who was then 9 years old had be extricated from the car and suffered a traumatic brain injury.
“It was a tragic case in many ways beginning with the boy’s injuries and becoming more tragic because the insurance case refused to resolve the case short of trial,” said Stewart Casper, who with Paul Ganim represented the McCauley family, according to ctpost.com. “We are pleased with the outcome.”
“Although he has made a lot of progress he will continue to have difficulty as a result of his injuries for the rest of his life,” said Paul Ganim, an attorney for the boy’s family.
Gary Hohenthal, a lawyer for the landscape company’s insurance carrier, declined to comment on the verdict.
The boy’s parents were in the courtroom when the verdict was announced. They declined to comment.
The jury ordered payment of $2.98 million in economic damages and $5 million in non-economic damages for the boy’s family. Millions more could be added to the award with plaintiffs’ lawyer fees.