$6 Million Settlement for Man Hit by Party Bus
In Burton v. Platinum Limousine, Panish Shea & Boyle LLP attorneys Deborah Chang and Brian Panish, and co-counsel Kenneth Meyer, obtained a $6,000,000 settlement for a 22-year-old man who suffered catastrophic injuries, including a degloving injury from his chest to his knees, when he was struck in a crosswalk by a bus owned by Platinum Limousine & Sedan. Namar Burton was part of a small group of friends that hired a party bus from Luxury Sports to allow them to travel safely to a nearby nightclub for a birthday celebration. The Luxury Sports bus driver dropped the plaintiff and his friends off before they had reached their destination and after they had been drinking. Mr. Burton was subsequently hit by a Platinum Limousine party bus that then backed over him and struck him again. All of the defendants denied liability and contended that Mr. Burton was contributorily negligent. Defendant Luxury Sports claimed that it was not the proximate cause of Mr. Burton’s injuries. Both Platinum Limousine and Luxury Sports paid their insurance policy limits towards the settlement.