A jury in Charleston, South Carolina today awarded $50,000,000.00 in an automobile accident death case. I believe this is the largest verdict in South Carolina history in a personal injury lawsuit.
The case involved a wrongful death claim brought by a woman whose husband was killed five years ago by a driver who ran a red-light, throwing the motorcycle riding Decedent from his motorcycle and killing him. According to others, the driver had already been charged twice for driving without a license, and received his third citation as a result of this accident.
The verdict included $20 million in actual damages and $30 million in punitive damages.
There have been several verdicts in Charleston County recently which have really seemed to demonstrate a changing of beliefs and values from a “conservative” venue according to defense lawyers and adjusters, to one that renders justice, whether or not that fits in with conservative.
Good to see the jury do that in this case.