Jurors awarded a former football player at Florida A&M University an eight-figure verdict after his lawyers illustrated the “depth of the loss” he experienced after becoming paralyzed when a driver careened into his motorcycle.

Christopher M. Drury and Benjamin James Lucas, attorneys based in Coral Gables, represented the plaintiff, Nardino Dargenson, who alleged that he became “permanently and totally disabled” from a July motor vehicle crash operated by the defendant, Demetrius Cooper.