New Haven Settles Police Car Crash Lawsuit For $10 Million
Murphy said it took most of the summer to wrap everything up.
Initially after filing her lawsuit, Murphy said the city of New Haven offered $1 million to settle. Murphy noted that Gonzalez's medical bills are roughly $2.5 million now.
Gerarde said the damages could have been higher if Gonzalez had a longer life expectancy.
"In cases where we have a catastrophically injured person, the economic damages can be several hundred thousand dollars each year," explained Gerarde. "As a life expectancy shortens, the amount of economic damages gets lower. In our case, life expectancy was in the neighborhood of 20 years or so and it was reduced to seven years because of these injuries."•