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Louisiana Court Upholds $4.4M Wrongful Death Award in 2016 Crash

The Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Lanus family, affirming a Geismar jury’s $4.4 Million verdict issued in November 2016 for the tragic death of the Lanus’s children, nine-year-old Sarai Lanus and six-year-old Daylon Lanus.

The appeals court upheld the jury’s determination that the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) was 60 percent responsible for the deaths of the Lanus children, concluding that the DOTD was the primary contributor to the accident because it was negligent in the construction and maintenance of the section of Highway 928 where the crash occurred. The driver of the SUV that struck the children, Shawnette Taylor, was found to be 40 percent at-fault for the accident.

Read the source article at reuters.com

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