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June 06, 2016

Law firm: Personal injury settlement is largest in Philadelphia history

Judge approves $26.55 million settlement between landscaper and defendants

Lawsuits Settlement
06062016_David_Williams Source/Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett and Bendesky

These photos show David Williams, of Centre County, before and after the truck rollover in November 2011.

A landscape service worker severely injured when his company truck rolled over five years ago will receive the largest settlement amount ever agreed upon in a Philadelphia County personal injury case, according to his lawyers.

David Williams, 32, of Centre County, reached a $26.55 million with ServiceMaster, TruGreen and Dickinson Fleet Services LLC and other defendants, the law firm Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett and Bendesky announced Monday. Court of Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina approved the record settlement.

Williams suffered a fractured spinal cord that required several surgeries and left him a quadriplegic when the TruGreen truck he was driving rolled over in November 2011 while he was driving along a highway in Clinton County. He and his wife, Jaimi, a co-plaintiff, alleged the rollover was caused by a bald tire left unrepaired by the defendants, even after failing their own inspection.

Williams, who spent several months at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, requires consistent nursing supervision throughout the day, his lawyers said. That includes the need to be awakened and repositioned in bed several times during the night.

Williams' lawyers estimated his lifetime medical expenses will cost millions of dollars. He has three children.