Jury Awards $2.3 Million in Pizza-Delivery Case

ChicagoTribune.com reports, “A jury in southwestern Illinois has awarded $2.3 million in damages to a man who claimed he suffered brain damage in a crash involving a pizza-delivery driver.”
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“The (Alton) Telegraph (http://bit.ly/uPFJ1S ) reports Matthew Bruntjen asked Madison County jurors for $11.2 million in his lawsuit involving the Imo’s pizza chain. He claimed the driver was going too fast. Attorneys for the driver, Kenneth Lyerla, suggested as much as $600,000.  Bruntjen was in a van hit head-on in 2009 by Lyerla’s vehicle. Bruntjen’s attorney contended his client never will regain full capacity to earn a living. The defense countered Bruntjen never earned much more than $10 an hour and still can work.Jurors found the company that sells the Imo’s franchises 30 percent responsible and the franchise’s owner 70 percent responsible.”