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Jury Awards Woman $71 Million for Spinal Injury Suffered In Auto Accident

A Manhattan jury recently awarded a 24-year-old woman $71 million for injuries sustained in a 2012 auto accident. The award consisted of $5 million for past pain and suffering, $6 million for future pain and suffering, and $60 million to cover medical needs for the rest of her life. The verdict came after a three-week-long jury trial.

Three college students were on their way to Cornell College when the driver fell asleep behind the wheel, veered into oncoming traffic, and crashed into a minivan. An elderly woman in the van was pronounced dead at the hospital; the driver and her son suffered non-life threatening injuries. The three college students were treated at the hospital; one passenger (the plaintiff in this case) suffered a fracture of her lumbar spine. According to her attorney, the woman now walks with leg braces, but still suffers from neurogenic bowel.

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