Kelley Uustal Trial Attorney
July 27, 2007

Heroic Truck Driver Wins Multi-Million Dollar Case

On May 31, 2007, a truck driver was severely injured when his 18-wheeler was overturned in an effort to avoid a collision with another vehicle. The accident was caused by a driver who ran a stop sign and cut off the 1998 freight truck that was transporting a load of sugar on State Road 80 in Florida. Sadly, the driver who ran the stop sign never stopped, so the accident was considered a hit-and-run.

Attorney Robert W. Kelley and Attorney Todd Falzone stated that the truck driver’s decision to swerve in order to avoid hitting the car was nothing short of a heroic effort. His sacrifice saved the other driver from death and left him paralyzed due to the severity of injuries. Following the accident, the truck driver filed an insurance claim with his own insurance company, National Casualty Company. He was denied payment.

To deal with an excessive amount of medical bills, the truck driver had no choice but to seek legal action immediately. Attorneys Kelley and Falzone represented the client relentlessly and filed a lawsuit against the insurance company who had denied the truck driver coverage. Both lawyers state that the trial could have been avoided had the insurance company paid the truck driver for the benefits due.

For much of the trial, the truck driver was unable to attend since he was undergoing rehabilitation at the Florida Institute for Neurological Rehabilitation located in Wauchula. On the day of his one-day trial testimony, the truck driver and his medical team were airlifted to the Broward County courthouse. He was joined by his wife and daughter.

Following the week-long trial and a two-day deliberation period, the driver of the 18-wheeler was awarded $14.6 million.

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