Michigan Court of Appeals Awards Driver $22.6 Million

by Jake Tully - Published: 5/26/2017

Note: Details in this report are supplied at the original press release here.

In one of the largest personal jury verdicts in the state, the Michigan Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed $22.6 Million to truck driver Burt Holt.

In early 2011, Holt was reportedly inspecting his trailer located at the Container Port Group in Detroit, Michigan when he has hit by another truck.

The truck that struck Holt was driven by Amarild Ushe, a driver for Reliable Transportation Specialists.

Upon being hit, Holt was initially transported to Detroit Receiving Hospital. Holt was later moved to the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan where he stayed as an inpatient for several months.

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Testimony at the trial from the plaintiff’s doctors demonstrated that Holy suffered chronic pain syndrome, traumatic brain injury and severe depression. Holt also underwent four surgeries in relation to the event.

After a three-week trial in the Wayne County Circuit Court, a unanimous jury awarded Holt $22.6 Million on June 9, 2015.

Following the court’s decision, the defendants appealed to the Michigan Court of Appeals to argue for a reversal of the verdict. The MCA upheld the verdict of the jury unanimously, due to the decision that no errors of signified happened at the trial that warranted a reversal.

The MCA reports that the verdict of Burt Holt v. Amarild Ushe and Reliable Transportation Specialists, Inc. is among the largest personal jury verdicts that the Circuit Court has affirmed to date.