On Christmas Eve 2008, the plaintiff and his wife were injured in an automobile accident involving a sugar cane truck. The sugar cane truck, driven by an immigrant worker, failed to stop at a stop sign and slammed into the side of the plaintiffs’ Toyota. As a result of the accident, the plaintiff suffered a closed head injury which required four months of hospitalization. The plaintiff’s wife suffered a broken hip. Combined, the medical expenses for plaintiff and his wife totaled $400,000.
The trial court ordered a bifurcated trial, meaning the jury would decide fault before it considered the measure of damages. The defendants contested both fault and the amount of damages.
However, following the close of plaintiff’s case after four days of testimony, the defendants agreed to pay $3.1 million settlement after accident instead of allowing the jury to render its verdict.