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Location: Circuit Court for the City of Richmond
Injuries: Traumatic Brain Injuries
Settlement: $23,000,000

A tractor-trailer driver who suffered a traumatic brain injury and lost a leg when he rear-ended another rig won a $23 million verdict from a Richmond Circuit Court jury last February.

A truck owned by Moen Inc. had stopped for nine minutes in the emergency lane of I-295 before pulling out into the right traffic lane at 25 miles per hour. The plaintiff, whose rig hit the truck at about 55 mph, had no recollection of the accident.

Attorneys for the plaintiff relied on global positioning and electronic control modules on the defendant’s rig to establish how the wreck occurred.

In June, Richmond Circuit Judge Melvin Hughes denied defense motions to set aside or reduce the award. Moen filed an appeal in the Supreme Court of Virginia, but according to plaintiff’s attorney Christopher Guedri, the case was settled on confidential terms prior to the writ panel hearing.