A Waco woman and her two sons have been awarded $27.5 million dollars in a settlement of a lawsuit against Sanderson Farms over a traffic crash that left one of her children with brain damage.
The names of the plaintiffs have not been released in the case which was handled in Judge Vicki Menards’s 414th District Court.
A media firm released information that the settlement came during a short hearing after the parties in the case had been through two mediation sessions.
A release said the mother had suffered a compound fracture of her arm and other injuries, while her youngest son who was just two weeks old at the time, suffered severe brain damage.
The older child, who was two years old at the time received minor injuries.
The accident occurred on East Loop 340 in the Timbercrest area in November of 2013.
Houston attorney Rob Ammons and Waco attorney Jim Dunnam represented the family.
They say the proceeds from three insurance companies will be divided among three trust accounts that will provide for the boys’ long-term healthcare and educational needs.
“The accident occurred when Joshua Frank Perkins was driving 57 mph and rear-ended the back of my client;s car, ” says Ammons.
” In the lawsuit we found the driver told his girlfriend he fell asleep at the wheel and struck the mother-of-two’s car which was knocked into oncoming traffic and hit by a van.”
Perkins was driving a Sanderson Farms truck at the time of the crash.
The woman had slowed to make a turn when her car was hit.