A jury in Florida has awarded Manos Milien $33.1 million for his Broward County car accident injuries. The 62-year-old became a quadriplegic after the 1996 Toyota Corolla that he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a 2004 Kia Sedona driven by Ponte Vedra Beach resident Wendy Whitney. The catastrophic South Florida car crash occurred on December 31, 2008 at around 2:40 am near Deerfield Beach on Interstate 95. Milien, who now lives in the Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation in Wauchula, cannot live independently and requires extensive nursing care.
Broward Circuit Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips is expected to readjust the amount of compensatory damages awarded to Milien down to $31.4 million. This is account for the fact that the jury found Milien 5% at fault for not wearing a seat belt at the time of the Florida car accident happened.
Spinal Cord Injury