Jury Awards $38.8 Million to Family of Girl Killed by Trash Truck

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A Las Vegas jury awarded the family of an 11-year-old girl $38.8 million in damages following a wrongful death lawsuit. The region’s contract waste hauler, Republic Services, was found liable after the girl was struck and killed by a trash truck in February 2017 while walking home from school. The lawsuit claimed that the driver failed to yield the right of way and had a history of safety violations.


Walla Walla School District to Pay $333K in Sexual Harassment Lawsuit


The Walla Walla school district in Washington must pay a $333,000 judgment in a civil lawsuit brought forth by a student alleging sexual abuse by a former band teacher. According to court documents, the teacher had been previously accused of but never charged for sexual assault. The accuser’s attorney claimed the district failed to protect the student in question and that the offer of judgment was a way for the district to cut its losses and avoid further costly litigation.


Permanently Disabled Construction Worker Awarded $24.6 Million


A $26.6 million settlement has been awarded to a construction worker who was seriously injured while working on the Longfellow Bridge in Massachusetts. The worker fell over 5 feet onto hard concrete due to the scaffolding not being fully planked. The jury found the contracting company and its joint venture partners negligent for failing to fulfill its contractual and legal duties to maintain and inspect the safety of the platforms.


Court Upholds Award to Family of Worker Who Died of Asbestos Exposure


The South Carolina Supreme Court upheld a $16 million jury award to the family of a maintenance worker who died of mesothelioma following years of asbestos exposure. The court agreed that the polyester fiber plant where the victim worked from 1971 to 1980 acted negligently in using asbestos and failed to warn of its dangers. The jury awarded the estate $14 million in compensatory damages and another $2 million in punitive damages.

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Information abstracted from Zywave’s “Know Your Limits – September 2021” infographic. 

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