Family Refuses to Settle, Gets $28 Million Verdict

Posted on May 27, 2015 by Dan Christensen

A Pennsylvania family seeking justice for the wrongful death of a 24-year-old woman killed in a drunk driving accident received a $28 million jury verdict against the Lincoln Place Elks Lodge that overserved the intoxicated motorist. While the jury was still out deliberating, counsel for the defendant produced a final settlement offer of $1.5 million. The settlement was considered insulting by the family, and the victim’s father said he’d “rather lose this case than lose my dignity.”

The family had waited over four years for a jury to make a decision, and they were not going to take an offer that let those responsible for their loved one’s death off the hook. The Elks were held 40 percent liable because they allowed the drunk driver to continue drinking at an Elks Lodge party after he was visibly intoxicated and did not prevent him from driving off. At the time of the crash, that driver had a blood alcohol content level of .226, which is nearly triple the legal limit in Pennsylvania.

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