Madison County jury hits Ford for $43 million verdict
A Madison County jury has returned with a verdict of $43 million for the family of a man burned to death after a speeding woman rammed into his Lincoln Town Car and it burst into flames $67,715.20 for medical expenses
The fiery crash on I-270 took place in July 2003.
John Jablonski was represented by the Lakin Law Firm of East Alton. The trial lasted a little more than two weeks.
After deliberating for 4 hours a jury returned the following damages:
For John Jablonski:
$500,000 for disfigurment and disability
$1,000,000 for pain and suffering
$3,500,000 for loss of society
For Dora Jablonski:
$1,700,000 for medical care (past and future)
$1,900,000 for medical assistance (past and future)
$6,500,000 for disabilty
$6,500,000 for pain and suffering
$6,500,000 for disfigurment
Punitive Damages: $15,000,000
Grand Total: $43,167,715.20
Attorney Bradley Lakin had asked for $10 million each for disability, pain and suffering and disfigurment.
According to courthouse observers the Jablonski family appeared thrilled and elated.
Earlier today outside the courthouse, a Jablonski family member told The Record that they were "lucky" to have found Lakin to take their case.