PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) — An Iberville Parish jury says Acadian Ambulance Service owes $117 million to a woman left paralyzed and brain-damaged when the ambulance she was in crashed into a sugar-cane truck on the way to a hospital in December 2010.
Company vice president Allyson Pharr says Acadian takes full responsibility for the wreck but will appeal other issues in the verdict handed up last week for Whitley Lacey and the baby born by cesarean section while Lacey was in a coma.
One of Lacey's attorneys, Tony Clayton, says the 22-year-old woman was in a coma for three months, and could not talk when she regained consciousness. He says she has regained some speech but has a long way to go, and can move only one arm.