Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, P.A. lawyers Alejandro Garcia and Todd Baker successfully won a $1.475 million decision on behalf of a local father who can no longer shoot hoops and appreciate other exercises with his child after two semi trucks crashed in Collier County. Collier County, which is widely considered one of the most conservative counties in the state of Florida, makes the decision substantially more important.
The client, Octavio Naranjo, was driving his 14-wheeler and made a U-turn. An 18-wheeler, driven by the Defendant Yosbani Cuesta, was coming the other direction. He was driving too fast to stop and ran his red light, slamming into Mr. Naranjo.
Mr. Naranjo suffered injury to the lumbar region of his back. He had to undergo a laminectomy at his L4-L5 vertebrae. Due to his multiple lumbar and cervical herniations, Mr. Garcia and Mr. Baker argued that their client would need significant and ongoing care. The Defendant contended Mr. Naranjo couldn’t have finished the U-turn due to the size of his truck, and therefore was to blame for placing himself in the way of the Mr. Cuesta’s vehicle, who had a green light.
Mr. Garcia and Mr. Baker called on an expert accident reconstructionist, who recreated the U-turn in a model semi truck. Because of that testimony, they could effectively argue to the jury that the Defendant was at fault and, further, that he was lying about numerous details in an effort to lay fault on Mr. Naranjo. Following a four day trial, presided over by Collier County Judge James Shenko, the jury granted $825,000.00 in pain and suffering compensation, $455,000.00 in lost wages and $195,000.00 in medical costs — a total of $1.475 million — to Mr. Naranjo on March 24.
At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, we take pride in recovering full compensation for our clients, like Mr. Naranjo. Though your injury may not have been as devastating as the one described in this case, you may still be entitled to compensation. If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s actions in South Florida, call our team of attorneys today for a free, no-obligation consultation.