Car accident case involving toddler who suffered brain injury settled for $7M

The mother of Jayleen Munoz, 2, who suffered a traumatic brain injury and a subarachnoid hemorrhage when the car she was in was rear-ended has settled the injury accident lawsuit with the parties involved in the case on Jayleen’s behalf for $7 million.

According to Grant v. Nembhard, no. 20087-4547, Jayleen was in the backseat of a car that was parked at the side of the highway when Esteven Nembhard, a union organizer for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU,) fell asleep while driving and rear ended the car Jayleen was in. Nembhard’s vehicle was travelling at high speed when the rear-end car accident occurred.

Jayleen’s brain injury has left her disabled and she will require assistance with daily living for the rest of her life. Her past medical expenses were $400,000 and her future life-care costs could run up to $60 million.

Jayleen’s mother filed a negligence lawsuit against Nembhard for negligent driving.

Suit was also filed against the SEIU based upon doctrine of “respondeat superior” — vicarious liability — claiming that the union was liable because Nembhard was acting within the scope of his employment at the time of the accident.

Sharnique Reynolds, who was driving the car that Jayleen was in, was also named in the suit with the claim that she was negligent in stopping her car alongside a highway when it was not an emergency.

All parties in the lawsuit settled prior to trial for $7 million. $5.95 was awarded from the SEIU, $1M from the vehicle’s owners, and $25,000 was paid by Nembhard and Reynold’s insurance companies.

This case is an excellent example of when a injury law attorney should be hired: there were serious injuries, multiple parties were involved and vicarious liability needed to be established.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in car accidents and the family of those killed.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.

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