Jury Verdict for Luzerne Cty Resident
$3,000,000 jury verdict, plus delay damages, plus post-verdict interest, for a Shickshinny, Luzerne County client, who sustained a right tibia fracture, a broken left foot, facial fractures, a neck fracture and a diffuse mild brain injury. Ostroff Injury Law sued Greyhound Bus Lines and its driver. Our client was a passenger in a Greyhound bus that slammed at a high speed into the rear of a tractor trailer on Interstate Route 80 (I-80) in North-Central Pennsylvania. This bus was in the middle of a route between New York and Cleveland. Around 1:20am, the driver fell asleep with a busload of passengers, injuring many and killing one. This was a highly contested, seven-week Philadelphia jury trial led by Partner Jon Ostroff against a team of lawyers from two law firms representing Greyhound and its driver. Ostroff Injury Law’s trial team won a verdict of $3,000,000 for one client, who was one of four clients Ostroff Injury Law represented at this trial. This $3,000,000 verdict included a $500,000 punitive damage portion, intended to punish Greyhound for its failure to adequately manage fatigue among its drivers. This client’s award was part of a $5.05 million verdict rendered to the four passengers that were represented by Ostroff Law in this precedent-setting case against Greyhound Bus Lines. Prior to trial, CNN aired a story about this crash and the litigation that led to this trial, interviewing Jon Ostroff and the client who received this verdict. This CNN story and high-profile jury trial exposed a nationwide fatigue management problem involving Greyhound Bus drivers who were falling asleep at the wheel during long bus routes.