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$12 Million Awarded to Parents of Boy Killed in Crash Near Palm Beach Condo Complex

Posted on March 13, 2013

The legal team at Farah & Farah recently reported that a trial in a wrongful death case, filed by the parents of a nine-year-old boy who was killed in a Palm Beach condo van accident while riding his bicycle near the entrance of a condominium complex in 2011, had gone to the jury for deliberation.

In an update to that blog, the jury came back and awarded the parents of the child $12 million in damages.

The trial, which took three weeks to complete, focused on who was negligent in the child’s death. The attorney for the parents claimed that the management company, MMI of Palm Beaches, and the condo complex, Villas on the Green Condominium, were responsible for the death. He claimed the hedges were far taller than code allowed and that the placement of the stop sign at the entrance of the complex was also not up to code, which limited the van driver’s visibility and led to the fatal bicycle accident.

The jury divided up the liability; finding the management company 60 percent at fault, the condo association 30 percent liable, and the driver of the van 10 percent to blame for the accident.

According to South Florida Sun Sentinel, court records showed that the parents, who live separately and were never married, had already reached a settlement with the condo association for economic damages and had also received a $100,000 settlement from the driver of the van.

“The building driveway became the scene of a terrible tragedy because such basic common-sense safeguards were neglected,” the attorney said after the verdict.

If you believe you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person or institution, your family may be entitled to compensation for funeral costs, mental anguish, economic losses, and other damages. The Palm Beach County auto accident wrongful death attorneys from Farah & Farah has a legal team experienced in pursuing wrongful death cases, and are ready to discuss your case. We can be reached online or call us at (800) 533-3555, for a free, no-obligation consultation.