$1.45 Million Awarded after Mediation and Arbitration
We represented an 11-year old boy who was severely injured in a motor vehicle collision. The boy was a passenger in a car being driven by his father in a southbound direction in New Fairfield, Connecticut. At that time a car being driven northward by the defendant hit a truck, and pushed the truck across and into the car the boy was in. The impact drove the car into the guard rail. During the collision, the boy’s face hit jagged metal inside the car and the left half of his face was peeled away, with multiple fractures of his facial bones. The boy was unconscious and bleeding heavily, and his father who had a claim for bystander emotional distress, thought his son was dead.
The boy underwent several operations to restore the anatomic structures of his face and improve the impaired vision of his left eye.
After mediation we were able to obtain the total available insurance coverage of $1,250,000 for the boy.
We then arbitrated the claim for the father’s bystander emotional distress. The arbitrator awarded $300,000; however, the father’s claim was limited to the remaining available insurance coverage of $200,000.00.