Moran Family v. Certilawn Sod Service Co.& Zurich Insurance Co. - $8,990,000
As Mr. Moran drove to work early one morning, a tractor-trailer carrying
sod pulled out onto the road in front of him. He collided with the truck
and the entire cab of his pickup truck was crushed. He was extracted and
flown by helicopter to a medical center where the ER staff worked to save
his life. Sadly, he had suffered significant brain injury, and Mr. Moran
went into a permanent coma.
His family relied on our investigation to identify the parties at fault
and prove their accountability. Our firm revealed that many of the truck’s
side lights were missing, and those remaining were covered in dirt. Wires
for additional lighting on the trailer were cut or disconnected. In short,
the truck was practically invisible in the predawn light.
Zurich Insurance did not accept our settlement demand in a timely period
so we filed suit. After months of negotiations, Zurich paid $8,990,000
to settle the claim. This was $7,900,000 over the one-million-dollar policy
limit – the largest settlement of its kind in Brevard County.