January 2019 – The Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed a $12.5 million-dollar verdict in favor of an injured Duluth man against the construction company, Veit, Inc.
While driving home from work at the BNSF Railway the injured man suffered a severe brain injury when a large rock fell over the top side of a passing dump truck near Grand Rapids, MN. The rock crashed through his vehicle’s windshield at high speed, striking him in the head. He was in his early 30s when the injury occurred and suffered significant loss of vision, cognitive deficits, and personality changes among other signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury. He is totally disabled from any gainful employment.
Veit, Inc. was found guilty of negligence in their loading, and supervision of loading, of dump trucks that were being sent out on the public highways.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals also remanded the case back to the trial court to determine if the injured man had presented sufficient evidence of willful indifference or other conduct sufficient to justify additional punitive damages against Veit, Inc.
The injured Duluth man was represented by attorneys Cortney LeNeave and Thomas Fuller of Hunegs, LeNeave & Kvas, P.A..