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A jury awards a Valdosta woman nearly a million dollars in civil suit

March 6, 2008

Valdosta-  A Valdosta woman injured in a 2004 wreck was awarded nearly a million dollars after she sued a trucking company.

Judy Lee Spell suffered a severe head wound when her car was hit by a tractor trailer in August of 2004. Spell filed suit against the driver Ricky Homer Luke, the trucking company All Coast Intermodal Services, and Aequipcap Insurance Company. After seeing pictures of Spell's injuries, the jury found in favor of Spell and also awarded her punitive damages.

"In addition to the compensatory damages, once they made that decision they were asked a special question on the jury verdict form whether or not punitive damages should be assessed against the trucking company alone for its conduct and they checked off that it should and they considered in a second phase of the trial that an additional amount, another $150,000 was appropriate to punish this company," said Jimmie Brown, Brown & Scoccimaro Trial Lawyers.

The total damages awarded to Spell are $917,734.58. WALB News Ten tried to reach several of the defense attorney's to see if they would appeal the verdict, but those calls went unanswered.

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