O’Kelly v. Bryant – $6.8 Million
On June 1, 2015, Peggy O’Kelly was driving her Ford Expedition on Highway 29 when she was rear-ended, pushing her vehicle into the vehicle stopped ahead of her. The defendant admitted 100% fault. Ms. O’Kelly suffered a mild traumatic brain injury resulting in visual and noise sensitivity, trouble sleeping, headaches with dizziness and nausea, difficulty problem solving, memory issues, speech issues with reduced fluency and sentence structure, difficulty comprehending what she read, and increased anxiety. At the time of the incident, Ms. O’Kelly was running a successful olive oil business that was just on the cusp of a large influx of investment money. Due to her injury and resulting symptoms, she was unable to continue running this business at the same level and consequently the investment deal fell through. After 12 days in trial, the jury returned a verdict of $6.8 million.