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Richmond jury returns $23M verdict
By Alan Cooper
Republished from Virginia Lawyers Weekly Blog
Published: March 1, 2011
A Richmond Circuit Court jury returned a $23 million verdict yesterday for a tractor-trailer driver who was horribly injured in a crash on Interstate 295 in April 2007.
Ricky L. Jones remained in an induced coma for several weeks after the collision about a mile north of the U.S. 301 intersection and has undergone 26 surgeries, according to P. Christopher Guedri, who tried the case with partner Douglas A. Barry. Jones suffered a traumatic brain injury in addition to the loss of his right leg, a crushed pelvis and related internal injuries and injuries to the left foot, which was crushed in the collision.
He had incurred $1.1 million in medical bills by the time of the trial and claimed past lost wages of $254,000 and future lost wages of $1.5 million. Experts estimated the present value of his lifetime care at $7 million.
Guedri said the wreck occurred in the dark when the driver of a truck owned by Moen Inc. pulled from the emergency lane into the path of Jones’s rig.
Jones, 42, was a long-time employee of Supervalu Inc. He is married and has three children. “I’ve never represented a client that I liked more, was more deserving or whose case I want to win more than his,” Guedri said.
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