A federal jury awarded a $6 million verdict Wednesday to a S.C. Department of Transportation safety inspector who was crushed by a work truck at a construction site on Interstate 526 in 2015.
Carl McNeill suffered crush injuries to his legs, a broken pelvis, and a crushed urethra and scrotum during the incident, according to a statement by his North Charleston-based attorney, Mark Joye.
The Dorchester County man required multiple surgeries, weeks of hospitalization and lengthy rehabilitation.
"Mr. McNeill will never fully recover from the devastating injuries he sustained," Joye's statement read. "While they accepted liability for the accident, the defendants refused McNeill’s claimed damages."
The verdict provides for a 1.45 percent interest rate until the $6 million is paid, according to court documents.
The defendants, who worked for a firm called Applied Polymerics, Inc., which is based in Mt. Airy, N.C., offered to settle the case for $3.5 million but the offer was rejected, the statement said. During trial, McNeill's attorneys cited his medical bills, future medical care, lost wages and permanent disability from the incident.
"It was an honor to represent Carl," Joye said. "He suffered mightily from these injuries and will for the rest of his life. But the jury made the right decision."
According to court documents, the incident happened on I-526 on Nov. 17, 2015. The location was near the International Boulevard exit, Joye said.
Dewayne Alexander Marshall, an Applied Polymerics employee, was backing a 2005 Ford truck up a ramp when he ran over McNeill, according to court documents.
The Post and Courier has requested comment from David Cobb and Nickisha Woodward, attorneys for the defendants. Cobb said he would have to consult with his clients before issuing any kind of statement.