Injured Taxi Driver Gets $5.5 Million Verdict Against Building Contractor in Georgia Hotel Accident
DECATUR, GEORGIA – According to an online news article published by blog.cvn.com, a taxi driver who sustained brain injuries from a 2015 construction accident at a Georgia hotel was awarded a $5.5 million verdict at trial.*
On June 20, 2019, a Decatur jury found a building contractor liable for a taxi driver’s injuries that were sustained in a 2015 construction accident. The taxi driver sustained brain injuries when he was struck in the head with a pipe that fell four floors at a Georgia hotel. The taxi driver had been standing outside at the taxi stand when the pipe fell from the fourth-floor pool deck.
The taxi driver alleges that because of the injuries he sustained in the construction accident, he suffers from severe headaches, vision problems, and various cognitive impairments including issues with his memory, depression, and anxiety.
The building contractor held liable for the taxi driver’s injuries was the general contractor for the hotel’s pool renovation project. The jury found that the contractor was 100% at fault for causing the taxi driver’s injuries, awarding the man $5 million in compensatory damages (pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages), and $500,336 in punitive damages (which are intended to punish a defendant for bad conduct and deter similar conduct in the future). The pipe that struck the taxi driver in the head fell during the demolition process, which was handled by a sub-contractor.
The building contractor, the only defendant in the case, argued that the sub-contractor and/or the hotel were responsible for the safety of the hotel’s occupants. Additionally, the building contractor argued that the taxi driver’s brain injuries were not as severe as alleged, telling the jury that the taxi driver’s symptoms were not consistent with a severe traumatic brain injury. Nonetheless, the jury believed that (1) the building contractor was entirely responsible for the taxi driver’s injuries, and (2) that the taxi driver’s injuries were as severe as alleged in the lawsuit.
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