$1.25 million for injuries cause by motorcycle accident

A jury has awarded $1.25 million to a Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper whose left leg was partially amputated because of an off-duty motorcycle accident.

A Jackson County jury handed down the verdict last week against two construction companies that left a low ramp across a Pascagoula road in 2010. The Sun Herald reported.

Marvin Henderson’s lawsuit said he hit the obstruction at night while returning from the gym. He was thrown from his motorcycle, and his foot and lower leg were crushed. The damaged portion was amputated 11 months later, and he uses a prosthetic leg.

The ramp covered a conduit the companies were using to move water and sewage across the road. Attorneys said the drainage system was blocked by barricades during the day but not at night.

Henderson is now a Highway Patrol investigator.

Attorneys tried the case in Circuit Judge Robert Krebs’ courtroom. Jurors on Thursday originally calculated the award at more than $3 million, but then assigned responsibility to each party. They found Henderson was 60 percent responsible for the accident, so they reduced the award.

The $1.25 million stands out in politically conservative Jackson County, and an appeal is possible. Judges recalled a $15 million award in a drilling case and $2 million in a 1996 construction case, both involving death, but those were overturned.

“We’re not accustomed to those (large) awards,” said longtime Court Administrator Pat Smith.

Henderson is now 37. His attorneys and witnesses told jurors what his expenses and medical costs are expected to be the rest of his life.

“He’s a great guy, very resilient,” his attorney, Morgan Holder, said.

In 2012, two years after the accident, there was a report of Henderson stopping an armed robbery in Jackson. He was doing a driver’s license road test at Metrocenter Mall, when he heard a woman cry for help. He exchanged gunfire with a man who was fleeing. Even with a prosthetic leg, Henderson chased down a woman who was responsible for the getaway car.

« Previous      Next »


Recognition held by some of our attorneys:

*No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Before making your choice of attorney, you should give this matter careful thought. The selection of an attorney is an important decision. For the comparison standards employed by the various lawyer rating companies, please visit,,,,, and Award is conferred on at least 100 lawyers per state, not 100 lawyers in America. Prior Results do not guarantee a similar outcome, nor does visiting this website create an attorney client relationship.*

Tell Us About Your Case

Don’t hesitate. Don’t wonder. Don’t field questions from aggressive insurance companies. Contact Gill & Chamas, LLC today.

Contact Us

We serve clients throughout New Jersey

  • Woodbridge
  • New Brunswick
  • East Brunswick
  • Edison
  • North Brunswick
  • South Brunswick
  • Piscataway
  • Linden, Clark
  • Rahway
  • Middletown
  • Old Bridge
  • Sayreville
  • Perth Amboy
  • Elizabeth
  • Newark
  • Union
  • Middlesex County
  • Union County
  • Somerset County
  • Monmouth County
  • Mercer County
  • Hudson County
  • Bergen County
  • Ocean County
  • Atlantic County
  • Bergen County
  • Burlington County
  • Essex County
  • Mercer County
  • Middlesex County
  • Monmouth County
  • Ocean County
  • Passaic County
  • Somerset County
  • Sussex County
  • Union County
  • Warren County

Contact Us

655 N Florida Grove Road
Woodbridge, NJ 07095

3509 U.S. 9
Howell Township, NJ 07731

Phone: 732-324-7600
Fax: 732-324-7606