Victim Receives $14 Million Brain Injury Verdict

By Peter DePaolis

In 2010, a Virginia man was driving a 2008 Hyundai Tiburon when the vehicle left the road and collided with a tree. The side airbags failed to deploy. Zachary Duncan sustained a traumatic brain injury in the accident, and a recent jury verdict blamed the airbag failure for his injury. He received $14 million in damages.

Duncan and his parents sued Hyundai, and their lawyer argued that the company installed the airbag sensors under the driver’s seat instead of the outer edge of the car, even though internal reports showed that this created a potential safety hazard.

“Hopefully, this will cause automobile manufacturers to really make sure they’re putting safe vehicles on the road,” Duncan’s lawyer said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, motor vehicle accidents are the second leading cause of TBIs behind slip and fall accidents. Traffic accidents are the number one cause of fatal brain injuries. The CDC claims that in one year, all the associated TBI costs in the country surpassed $76 billion dollars. This includes medical expenses and lost wages from missing work.

We understand how frustrating it is to watch someone suffer through a brain injury. TBI victims must adjust to a completely new life, often with high emotional and financial costs. To seek justice for a brain injury caused by negligence, consult with our Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia injury attorneys. We have secured million-dollar verdicts and settlements for those injured by others’ careless actions. Call (703) 218-4410 today.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.