Hospitality Industry Legal Risks: Connecticut Hotel Guilty In "Wrongful Death" Lawsuit Filed By Family Of Man Killed By Hotel Van; Jury Awards $2.3 Million For Driver's Negligence

The jurors ruled both Coleman and Campos were at fault in the accident. But the jurors said Coleman, and thus LaQuinta as well, were responsible for 58 percent of the negligence and Campos was responsible for 42 Hospitality Industry Lawsuitpercent…the (victim) was found to share some of the negligence probably because “no one can say for sure” if he obeyed a stop sign…the (driver) did not have a stop sign…”

“…The lawsuit also alleged (driver) was using a cellphone in violation of state law…the jurors awarded $1,709,840 in damages to the victim’s estate and $580,000 in damages to the widow…”

The family of Jose Mauricio Campos Thursday won a jury verdict of nearly $2.3 million in a wrongful death lawsuit against a hotel corporation and its employee, the driver of a van that struck Campos. Campos, 52, was riding a bicycle at about 6:45 p.m. Sept. 15, 2008 when he was hit by the van, operated by Robert Edward Coleman, near the intersection of Westfield and Gilbert streets in West Haven.

Coleman was a defendant in the civil suit, along with his employer, LaQuinta Inn and Suites, owned by LQ Management. He and the corporation were found to be equally liable.

Campos, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown to the pavement by the impact and suffered a serious head injury. He died three days later at Yale-New Haven Hospital after emergency surgery. The plaintiff was his wife, Gregoria Campos of West Haven. The Camposes had three sons, now adults.

For more:  http://nhregister.com/articles/2012/12/22/news/new_haven/doc50d67c73417dd288959464.txt

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