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On Feb. 18, 2011, plaintiff Gregory Hall, 43, a technical support troubleshooter for a cable television company, was driving south on a State Highway in a Dodge Neon when a northbound tractor-trailer truck filled with liquid propane and owned by J.P. Noonan Transportation turned left in front of him. Hall, whom police said was driving at or below the 50 mph speed limit, collided with the truck, which was driven by Brian Cannon. Police reported that Cannon had failed to yield right of way.
Hall sued J.P. Noonan for Cannon's motor vehicle negligence.
Cannon said that he never saw Hall's car. The vehicle in front of Hall was signaling a left turn, and the road had been widened at the intersection of Poland Spring Road to allow southbound vehicles to pass on the right, which Hall did.
Hall's lower leg was shattered in the collision, requiring at least three major surgeries to insert a pin through the bone segments, then to replace the pin when the leg failed to heal in a timely fashion. He also required extensive plastic surgery and skin grafts to repair significant soft-tissue damage to his shin area with tissue harvested from the back of his leg. He also required several other procedures to tend to skin grafts and cut away dead tissue.
While the plaintiff has been able to return to work, he still experiences chronic pain in the leg and has had many activities curtailed due to the injury.
The jury awarded $1.5 million broken down as follows:
$170,000 Personal Injury: Past Medical Cost
$14,000 Personal Injury: Past Lost Earnings Capability
$1,316,000 Personal Injury: pain & suffering