Florida jury awards 10 million dollars in wrongful death lawsuit

A jury in a Florida wrongful death lawsuit found Domino’s Pizza liable for car accident that left a man paralyzed from the waist down and ultimately resulted in his death.

After Richard Wiederhold, a Brevard County fire chief, was hit by a pizza delivery driver, he was left paralyzed, and his wife had to take care of all his personal needs. He died of his injuries 15 months later, and his wife filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Domino’s Pizza. In April, a jury found the delivery driver 90 percent responsible for the crash and Wiederhold 10 percent responsible, meaning that the award for Yvonne Wiederhold may be about $9 million of the $10 million verdict.

Domino’s had previously agreed to pay for Wiederhold’s medical expenses. The jury awarded damages for pain and suffering and loss of companionship, finding that the parent company was responsible for the actions of its franchisees, including the negligent driver. Domino’s said it believes there are grounds for a new trial, and if a new trial is denied, then the company plans to appeal.

Richard Wiederhold was living when the case was filed as a personal injury claim, and upon his death the suit was changed to a wrongful death lawsuit.