The Outcome: The suit was brought against Archer Western, SCDOT, and Sloan Construction. Defenses were numerous, and both liability and damages were contested during the trial. But ultimately, our attorneys proved this tragedy could have been avoided had industry-standard safety precautions been taken. Archer Construction was deemed more than 50 percent at fault, in addition to having acted recklessly with conscious disregard for public safety, and thus liable for the entire verdict.
Of the $13.1 million, the jury awarded the plaintiff $203,717 in past medical expenses, $505,673 in future medical expenses, $1,392,169 in loss of earning capacity, $7,000,000 in non-economic damages, and $4,000,000 in punitive damages against Archer Western.