March 28, 2013

Maine man awarded almost $1.8M in negligence suit

The Associated Press

PARIS — A jury has awarded nearly $1.8 million to a Sumner man who suffered severe injuries in a motorcycle crash in Porter in August 2010.

Benjamin Church had sued two other people involved in the crash for negligence, including the estate of his friend and fellow motorcycle rider, Patrick Cadigan. Cadigan died in the crash.

The Sun Journal reports that the Oxford County Superior Court jury on Wednesday found that Cadigan was negligent, but also found that the driver of another vehicle, Donald Burrell of Lebanon, N.H., was not negligent and not liable for damages.

The 54-year-old Church sought $2.7 million in damages, including $480,000 in medical costs, his inability to work, loss of enjoyment of life and the pain and suffering he has endured and will endure.

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