Augusta Man Upset About Settlement After Accident With City Worker
By Mike Miller, WJBF Weekend Anchor and Investigative Reporter - email
Augusta, GA -
Henry Britton has had collection agencies calling him just about every day during the last two years.
"I couldn't believe that a little over a week's stay in the hospital cost me $140,000," he said.
On March 19th, 2012, Britton was involved in an accident when a city worker pulled in front of his motorcycle.
"I had less than a few seconds to stop. They said the skid mark was 34 feet long," Britton said.
Britton was rushed to the hospital where doctors had to put several screws into his leg because it was fractured in nine places. Two years later, Britton is able to get around, but he says he won't be able to do physical work again.
"I might be able to operate a fork lift, something where I don't have to move around a lot," Britton said.
And even though the city worker was found to be at fault for the accident, Britton has spent the last two years fighting the city of Augusta for a settlement. Just a few weeks ago, the city settled with him for $365,000, but after paying all of his bills, he says he's not left with much.
"A little less than what Fred Russell would make working one year for the city of Augusta," Britton said.
Britton says his settlement was so small because of a state law that caps government insurance claims at $500,000. So now, he is warning people about the settlement cap.
"If the shoe had been on the other foot. If I was in my company vehicle pulling a trailer and done the damage to him that he did to me, he would own half of the business that I worked for," Britton said.
Meanwhile, Britton says his claim for disability was denied. He says he will fight for that.
And now, he is also telling people that they to get medical insurance and uninsured motorist insurance because those could have protected him from such a long battle.