Sailor awarded $7.5 million for injuries from motorcycle accident
A jury in El Cajon, east of San Diego, has awarded $7.5 million to a 27-year-old former sailor severely injured when his motorcycle was hit by a shuttle van.
The award is meant as compensation for pain, suffering, medical bills and loss of income. The plaintiff suffered injuries to his groin, including damage to the nerves and arteries of his penis, according to his attorneys.
He underwent reconstructive surgery that shortened his penis by 1.5 inches, said his attorneys, from the firm of Carpenter, Zuckerman and Rowley. The civil jury found the shuttle driver and shuttle firm responsible for the crash, the attorneys said.
The plaintiff was an enlisted sailor on active duty when the accident occurred in 2007. He has since left the Navy. The jury decision was made in mid-December and announced this week.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego