Drunk Driving Accident Victim Awarded $26 Million in Lawsuit
The family of a young girl who was left paralyzed after a car accident, which was caused in 1999 by a drunk driver leaving a New York Giants football game, has now settled its case. This family will receive $26 million under the current terms of the settlement, which had been sealed until a state appellate court overturned a lower court’s decision and allowed it to become a matter of public record. The appellate court’s decision finally brings an end to the lawsuit that was filed by the family of the little girl, who was only two years old when she was paralyzed from the neck down. The family in fact sued Aramark, the stadium’s concessionaire, stating that the employees continued to serve alcohol to the man at the stadium after he was noticeably intoxicated and slurring his speech. This intoxicated man subsequently drove the car that was involved in the accident, and his blood alcohol level at the time of the accident was found to be 0.226, more than twice the legal limit at that time.
The jury actually awarded the family $105 million in 2005, but that ruling was reversed on an appeal the next year. The parties had reached a settlement before the case went back to court, but that agreement was sealed. Prior to this settlement, the family had reached settlements with the Giants, the National Football League and the drunk driver for a total of nearly $1.2 million. Therefore, the $25 million settlement with Aramark represents about 90% of the compensatory damages that were awarded in the initial $105 million jury verdict, and the remainder of the original ward was punitive damages. The victim of this tragedy will be able to receive the appropriate care as a result of these settlements, which will take care of her for the rest of her lift.