Case Conclusion Date: 03.15.2007
Practice Area: Car Accidents
Outcome: $15.6 Million Verdict
Description: On Feb. 22, 2003, Steven Piper, then 15, was a passenger in the car driven by his brother, Kyle, then 17. Kyle lost control of the car on icy Route 422. The car hit a steel pole and split in two on impact. Kyle suffered minor injuries, while Steven sustained traumatic brain injury. He spent weeks in intensive care, months in rehabilitation and requires around-the-clock attention. Although he is now 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds, Steven functions at the level of a 3- to-5-year-old, Hartman said. Joyce and Dave Piper, parents of Steven, 20, sued their other son, Kyle, 22, for funds necessary to provide Steven's medical care. Damages were awarded for Stephen Piper's future care. Jurors specified that $8.3 million of the damages were for future medical care. While severely injured, Stephen Piper is expected to have a normal life expectancy. He will likely outlive his parents by three decades. It was one of the largest jury awards in Lawrence County.