BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – On Friday, May 13, 2022, a Morgan County Circuit Court jury returned a verdict awarding $25,000,000.00 in damages to local resident Anthony Bearden, Jr., represented by Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys, who suffered a catastrophic brain injury when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Floyd Young, another local resident.
“We are extremely proud of our incredible attorneys, Andrew Moak and Brandon Bishop, and their stellar execution to obtain the recent verdict on behalf of our client, Anthony Bearden,” states Alexander Shunnarah, Founder and CEO of Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys. “We are thankful for the citizens and jury that understood the facts of this tragic case and did the right thing by awarding our client what he deserved.”
At approximately 8:15 P.M. on July 31, 2019, Anthony Bearden was walking to a nearby store in his neighborhood when he was struck by Floyd Young’s vehicle, causing brain hemorrhages that left Bearden with serious and permanent physical and mental deficits.
At the time of the crash, Young was driving distracted and at an unsafe speed. The defense attorneys argued that Bearden was not visible and caused his own injuries.
Attorney Brandon Bishop states, “We gave Farmers Insurance Company a full opportunity to settle Anthony’s case before we filed a lawsuit against their insured, Floyd Young. Instead, Farmers chose to refuse to pay Anthony’s claim. Clearly, the jury agreed with us that distracted driving is not to be tolerated, and we are grateful that they did.”
“Nobody deserved this verdict more than Anthony Bearden, whose injuries have devastated his entire family,” states Attorney Andrew Moak.
The jury deliberated for approximately three hours before returning their unanimous verdict for $25,000,000.00, finding that Floyd Young was responsible for Anthony Bearden’s medical bills, his permanent injuries, his physical pain and suffering and mental anguish that were consequences of his injuries. Young was insured by Farmers Insurance Company and defended at trial by Ronald Gault of the Birmingham law firm Gaines, Gault, Hendrix.
For more information about this awarded verdict, please contact Krista Conlin at [email protected].
Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys is committed to protecting the legal right to be compensated for individuals who have suffered loss, accidents, or injuries the chance to rebuild their lives after misfortune. The practice was founded on the belief that the civil jury system is the best means to provide compensation and deter wrongdoers from injuring others in the future. With over 500 attorneys and staff, the firm has a vast knowledge and experience in handling all types of claims for clients who have been injured. The firm consistently recovers substantial settlements in lawsuits involving personal injury, auto accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, wrongful death, social security disability, pharmaceutical litigation, drug recalls, medical devices, and mass torts throughout the United States. The premier, award-winning, and nationally recognized firm has represented over 60,000 clients and recovered over $1 billion for them to date. The firm prides itself on providing outstanding legal advice and excellent representation for their clients.