A volunteer New York firefighter, who sustained terrible injuries when his car was in collision with a Ford works vehicle, has been awarded 1.275 million dollars by a court in Oneida County after his legal team rejected an initial offer of car crash injuries compensation from Ford´s insurers.
The jury at Oneida County Supreme Court heard how Paul Tully from Utica, New York, was driving past the NYE Ford facility in Oneida, New York, when a vehicle driven by Ford employee – Keith Chase – emerged from the manufacturing plant and crashed into him.
Paul sustained terrible injuries to his head and spine in the accident and spent a significant time recovering in hospital. The jury also heard that since the accident in 2009, Paul has been unable to return to work and still requires full-time care to assist with his day-to-day activities.
Liability for the accident was admitted by Keith Chase, who confessed to not looking left along Genesee Street as he pulled away from the Ford facility, and the jury was told that the case was before them for assessment of damages only after Paul´s legal advisors had rejected an offer of car crash injuries compensation amounting to 150,000 dollars.
After due consideration, the jury at Oneida County Supreme Court awarded Paul 1.275 million dollars – comprising of 675,000 dollars for the pain and suffering he experienced at the time of the car crash, 400,000 dollars in relation to medical expenses Paul and his family had already incurred and were likely to incur in the future, and 200,000 for future pain, suffering and loss of amenity.