Livingston Parish, Louisiana 18 Wheeler Wreck Results in $13,000,000 Brain Damage Award

In Brewer v. J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., 9 So.3d 932 (La.App. 1 Cir. 2009), an 18 wheeler driver changed lanes on a multi-lane highway in Livingston Parish and was rear-ended by a following motorist. The following motorist was awarded in excess of $13,000,000 in total damages for multiple injuries, including permanent brain damage. The following motorist sustained traumatic injury to the right anterior temporal lobe of his brain. Dr. John Clifford, the treating neurological surgeon, testified that the plaintiff’s magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) reports show atrophy and brain cell death. Dr. Clifford also noted that he suffered seizures following the accident and that his initial electroencephalogram (EEG) report, prior to the use of anticonvulsant medications, was markedly abnormal. Dr. Clifford opined that Brewer’s various items of brain damage and epilepsy could be attributable to the accident. The body of medical testimony showed that Brewer’s brain injury is permanent. Dr. Clifford testified, based on his review of two separate neuropsychologists’ reports, that Brewer has residual brain impairments and that there will be future worsening of his cognitive functioning.

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