A Lackawanna County Jury decided that General Motors Corp. owes a Scranton man $693,000.00 as a result of a motor vehicle accident.
The plaintiff, John Lance, suffered injuries after crashing into a tree while pulling into a driveway. Legal papers filed by personal injury Attorney Joseph Price of the DLP Law Firm alleged that the accident resulted from an improperly installed crank shaft on the plaintiff’s Chevrolet vehicle. The crash resulted in injuries throughout Mr. Lance’s spine that prevented him from working for several years.
The jury award granted $620,000.00 to Mr. Lance for pain and suffering. The remainder of the award was for medical expenses and lost wages.
The Complaint stated that the steering failed because a bolt in the crank shaft’s pulley broke causing the pulley and the harmonic balancer to fall from the front of the engine. A report prepared by General Motors subsequent to the accident appeared to confirm this contention. Attorney Price indicated “The jury was able to decide from the facts presented that there was an obvious flaw with the vehicle. This flaw caused severe injury to my client. I’m pleased that the jury saw this for what it was and issued a verdict in favor of Mr. Lance”.