On Friday a federal court jury in Hattiesburg rendered a verdict for the plaintiff (Will Graves) and awarded damages of $12,251,178 in a products liability trial involving the 2008 roll-over of a 1995 Toyota 4-Runner SUV. Here is a newspaper article about the verdict.

The accident left Will Graves paralyzed from the chest down. He was 16 at the time of the accident. The jury assessed the plaintiff with 40% fault for the accident, reducing the amount of the judgment to $7,350,706. 

Here is the Complaint in the case.

Here is the jury’s verdict. The verdict included the following components of damages:

  • $570,000- future lost wages
  • $681,188- past medicals
  • $8,500,000- future medicals and life care
  • $2,500,000- past and future pain and suffering, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life.

Judge Keith Starrett presided in the trial. The trial lasted 3 weeks and numerous expert witnesses testified for both sides.

Plaintiff’s counsel were Joe Sam Owen, Ben Galloway, Rob Meyers and Dal Williamson. Defense counsel included David Ayers and Jennifer Rogers of Watkins Eager in Jackson.