A jury trial in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, recently ended with a jury awarding a couple more than $2 million in damages for the injuries they suffered in a car accident occurring in 2003.
The accident occurred on westbound Route 288 in October of 2003. According to court records, Brian and Tina Murphy were attempting to make a left turn onto Hickernell Road when they were struck from behind by a vehicle owned by Harvey's Auto Body and driven by Harvey Marenic. The collision pushed the Murphys' vehicle into the oncoming lane of traffic where they were hit by a tractor-trailer.
As a result of the accident, Brian Murphy suffered neck injuries, including a herniated disc, which required surgery. In addition, he also suffered serious injuries to his left shoulder and knee, back pain, headaches, and carpal tunnel syndrome in his left hand. According to medical testimony presented at trial, he has not been able to return to his former job operating a sander for Armstrong World Industries and he will be physically unable to perform that work in the future.
In their lawsuit, the Murphys alleged Marenic was driving carelessly or inattentively and failed to maintain his vehicle in proper working condition. Additional allegations were made against Harvey's Auto Body including negligence in failing to properly train and supervise its driver.
The damages awarded to the Murphys include $1.4 million to Brian Murphy for pain and suffering and $800,000 for his past and future lost wages. Tina Murphy was awarded $100,000 for a claim of loss of consortium.
At this time, there is no indication the defendants will attempt to appeal the jury verdict.
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