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Pizza Hut to Pay $11 Million to Injured Mother and Daughter

Published August 13, 2010 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

An 87-year-old mother and her 62-year-old daughter will split a $10.8 million award to cover their past and future medical expenses after being severely injured in a car accident with a Pizza Hut delivery driver. The daughter suffered permanent brain damage and can no longer take care of herself on a daily basis. The mother suffered a broken neck and other injuries.

The delivery driver, who was only 18-years-old at the time, had an epileptic seizure, blacked out and reportedly crossed the center line on a San Diego street, crashing head-on into the other car. While the girl had had previous seizures, she was not diagnosed with epilepsy until after the accident.

The defense argued Pizza Hut should be liable for hiring a driver that “had a history of suffering blackout spells and staring episodes.” While the jury did not find Pizza Hut negligent in hiring her, it did conclude the company is responsible for damages because the driver was their employee at the time.

If you have been injured or a loved one killed in an auto accident, it’s important to make sure you understand your legal rights. The attorneys at Scott C. Gottlieb and Associates, LLP with their years of experience, can help you navigate through your car accident claim. Contact our offices today at 1-800-825-5529 or use online contact form.

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