$52.5 Million Jury Verdict Awarded to Bicyclist
Congratulations to Stuart Mann, Esq. and the law firm of Mann & Maximon in Boulder, Colorado, for obtaining what has been reported as the largest jury verdict in Colorado state history.
A Denver bicyclist, Gary Suydam, age 53, was riding his bicycle home from work when he was struck by an oncoming car making a left turn. Left turn accidents where the car makes a left turn and hits a bicycle or motorcycle are common.
After being hit by the first car, Gary Suydam was struck again by another car. luckily, he survived but unfortunately, he was paralyzed. Articles about the case do not indicate whether Gary Suydam is a paraplegic or quadriplegic but judging from the size of the jury verdict and his age, it is likely that he is a quadriplegic.
This is an unusually interesting case in personal injury law with the question of whether a defendant driver was working at the time of the accident and was working within the scope of the defendant’s employment.
If the driver was working within the scope of the defendant’s employment, the employer’s large insurance policy and assets can be used to satisfy the huge multi-million dollar jury verdict.
The jury apparently found that the defendant was working within the scope of employment, and therefore the employer is liable to pay the $52.5 million jury verdict.
Of course, the jury verdict will be appealed and will likely be appealed on at least two issues, whether the defendant was operating within the scope of employment and whether the jury verdict was excessive. This was a great job by Attorney Stuart Mann and will likely result in a lot of money for his deserving client.
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