AUBURN — A jury awarded $1.5 million in damages to a Sabattus man who was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident in 2011.
Gregory Hall, 43, suffered severe injuries to his leg when the 2002 Dodge Neon he was driving and a tractor-trailer truck collided.
Hall was southbound on Washington Street, the tractor-trailer was northbound.
Brian Cannon of Middleborough, Mass., was driving the 1996 Kenworth rig and was turning left in the direction of Poland Spring Road when his cab crossed into the path of the car that Hall was driving straight through the intersection.
Police said in an accident report that Cannon “failed to yield right-of-way.”
According to court documents, the doctors who treated Hall after the accident said he suffered a compound bone fracture in his lower right leg. Doctors inserted a metal rod through the bone fragments, from just below the knee to just above the ankle. A plastic surgeon took muscle from the back of Hall's leg and grafted it to the front in an effort to create a blood supply for a skin graft. Video recordings of his doctors' depositions were shown in the courtroom to the jury.
In all, Hall underwent more than a half-dozen surgeries. He continues to have pain in his lower right leg and is no longer able to engage in recreational activities such as roller skating and dancing, witnesses said at trial.
Cannon was examined at the accident scene for minor cuts and scrapes. He had been driving for J.P. Noonan Transportation, Inc., a company in Hooksett, N.H.
After a two-day trial, an Androscoggin County Superior Court jury voted 8-1 Friday to award Hall $1.5 million in total damages. While all nine jurors agreed that the defendant's negligence led to Hall's injuries, one juror concluded that Hall's negligence also was a cause of his injuries.
Hall claimed various damages, including permanent impairment and more than five months of lost wages from his job as a troubleshooter at Time Warner, Inc. in Portland.
Hall's attorney, Coley Coyne of Lewiston, said after the trial that the doctors “did a tremendous job” of helping to save his client's leg.
“We're very grateful to the jury for the great job they did in evaluating the evidence and turning in a fair verdict,” he said.
Calls to J.P. Noonan about the verdict were referred to the company's attorney, Michael Mahoney, who couldn't be reached for comment.
The defendants may appeal the verdict to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, a clerk said.