Jury Awards $280 Million in 2016 Wrongful Death Case

The world changed for one family in 2016 when Judy Madere, 58, a loving wife and mother, lost her life in a road accident. Now, three years later, jury awards the family $280 million in 2016 wrongful death case.

More About the Case

Judy was traveling in a car with her family when a tractor trailer collided with the vehicle after crossing the centerline. Judy and four members of her family lost their lives in the accident.

They were in a 2014 Nissan Rogue when a Schnitzer truck hit the vehicle. The truck driver was identified as Kenneth Eugene Cathey. According to Russell County Sheriff’s department, the accident happened on July 18 on U.S. 80 between Crawford and Ladonia in Alabama.

More About the Victims

In the car were Judy and four other passengers including Trudy Hebert, Judy’s sister, Carrie Jones, Judy’s daughter who was behind the wheel at the time of the collision, and Judy’s grandchildren, Jaxon Jones and Trinity Jones who were only 4 and 7 respectively.

The case, however, only addressed Judy. The family decided not to pursue other cases. Also, due to the statute of limitations being only one year in the state, the family does not have the option to file a case anymore since they had deliberated decided not to include other deceased members in the case.

The wrongful death case was filed against the driver of the vehicle and Schnitzer Steel Industries by the husband and daughter of Judy Madere.

The Verdict

The verdict included $150 million for Judy’s life, $100 million in punitive damages, $30 million for suffering and pain, and $65,000 in legal charges.

Schnitzer Southeast intends to appeal the jury’s decision.

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