Successful Lawsuit Sees Jury Award Over $2 Million in Compensation

Rockville, MD ( August 02, 2011

Successful Lawsuit Sees Jury Award Over $2 Million in Compensation

Successful Lawsuit Sees Jury Award Over $2 Million in Compensation

On August 1, 2011, a Montgomery County jury awarded $ 2.032 million in a case arising out of a tragic collision alongside a roadside construction site in Germantown, which took the life of one elderly pedestrian and seriously injured another.

According to court records, on October 9, 2008, an elderly Chinese couple, Yunshu Li and her husband Xiufeng Wang, were walking in a closed traffic lane adjacent to the Germantown/Kingsview Fire Station construction site when they were run over by a backing dump truck. Ms. Li sustained fatal injuries. Mr. Wang sustained multiple injuries.

In the lawsuit the Wang family alleged that the general contractor and a subcontractor, which had removed a portion of the existing sidewalk along the perimeter of the site in connection with its work, were negligent for failing to provide a safe alternative pedestrian path for people to walk by the site, and that the dump truck was negligently operated.

Ms. Li had immigrated to Germantown with her husband in 2002. She is survived by her husband, a son and five daughters.

The family’s attorneys, Gerard E. Mitchell and Richard A. Bussey of the law firm of Stein, Mitchell and Muse, LLP, state that the case is important as the jury’s verdict serves as a strong admonition to roadside construction site contractors that they must follow temporary traffic control rules designed for the safety of the public.

Wang, et al. v. Milestone Construction Services, Inc. and Hakes Contracting Incorporated, Case No. 330880, Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland.

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