Engineer Awarded $28.5 Million For Attack At The Imported Car Store

MELBOURNE, Florida -- In 2005, Shawn Adams was a 43-year old married man and father of three working as a US military computer engineer with top secret security clearance.  On the morning of October 17, 2005 Shawn Adams was driving to work and witnessed a car crash between two vehicles.  The man and the elderly woman involved in the crash pulled off the road and into the nearby parking lot of The Imported Car Store in Melbourne, Florida with Adams following as an eyewitness.

The man who was at fault for the accident, Jason Neal, turned out to be the General Sales Manager of The Imported Car Store and began to yell at the elderly woman to get off “his lot” or have her car towed.  Concerned with the health and safety of the elderly woman Adams approached the two drivers and identified himself as an eyewitness.  Mr. Neal became enraged and head-butted Mr. Adams knocking him unconscious. 

According to eyewitness testimony, Mr. Adams fell to the ground with his head bouncing off the concrete “like a hollow coconut.” Mr. Neal continued to attack Mr. Adams though his body lay unconscious on the ground while an audio recording of the entire encounter was captured by a 911 call. 

Shawn Adams suffered a traumatic brain injury and was left permanently brain damaged as a result of the attack.  He also developed a neurological disorder called dystonia, producing involuntary muscle contractions causing the body to twist and contort into abnormal postures.  

His attorneys say that Mr. Adams continues to suffer from cognitive difficulties while living in severe pain on a daily basis. Though currently undergoing evaluations for a cervical fusion and deep brain stimulation, Beth his wife and three children have become his care takers. 

The Romano Law Group secured a verdict of $28,500,000 consisting of $226,000 for past medical expenses, $2,000,000 for future medical expenses, $1,000,000 for lost past earnings, $4,000,000 for lost future earnings, $1,000,000 for pain and suffering in the past, $6,774,000 for pain and suffering in the future, $10,000,000 for Beth Adams’ loss of her husband’s services, comfort, society, and attention, and $3,500,000 for Mr. Adams three children and their loss of their father’s services, comfort, companionship, and society. (18th Circuit Court – Brevard County, Florida CASE: 05-2009-CA-54698)

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