A jury ordered cleaning supply distributor Hillyard, Inc. to pay damages totaling more than $21 million to a 29-year-old Iraq War veteran, Michael Nelsen, after a he was involved in an auto collision with a speeding Hillyard, Inc. van. The accident took place on August 17, 2007. Brian Panish and Spencer Lucas of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP represented Nelsen, who suffered a stroke as a result of the accident and who now requires 24-hour care for the remainder of his life.
The verdict will free up time for his family members who have been so dedicated to caring for him since the accident.
– Brian Panish
Panish Shea & Boyle LLP
The accident occurred when a Hillyard employee-driver van rear-ended the vehicle that Mr. Nelsen was a passenger in. According to records, the Hillyard vehicle was traveling at a speed of 80 miles per hour, while the vehicle Mr. Nelsen was in at the time of the car crash was traveling only 15 miles per hour. A promising art student, Mr. Nelsen sustained multiple fractures and a stroke stemming from blood clots that formed in his brain. The catastrophic injury led to permanent brain damage.