$6.75 Million Total Verdict in Wrongful Death Case
After a two-week trial in early 2019, a St. Louis City, Missouri jury returned a total verdict of $6.75 million against Defendant Liberty Fruit Company and in favor of the Plaintiffs, the family of a man who was killed after a 26,000-pound Liberty Fruit box truck backed into him as he walked across a trucking lot.
The jury determined that the Liberty Fruit driver was operating his truck negligently at the time of the collision and that Liberty Fruit’s conduct exhibited reckless indifference or conscious disregard for the safety of others. The jury awarded a total of $3 million in compensatory damages and an additional $3.75 million in punitive damages.
The worker’s family was represented at trial by Patrick Hagerty and Tom Neill, along with Stueve Siegel Hanson attorneys Todd Hilton and Curtis Shank.