Kinnard firm wins big West Tenn. verdict

Part of $15M award will go to TNDP’s Herron

Local attorney Randall Kinnard has won a $15.2 million verdict for the family of a brain-damaged man in Martin, Tenn.

Kinnard, pictured, and Mary Ellen Morris, of Kinnard Clayton & Beveridge, along with local counsel Roy Herron, chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party, represented the man, who was a minor at the time of his 2007 injury.

The teen, Cody Wade, was recovering from a car accident when he went into cardiac arrest following a breathing problem that was unrecognized by doctors and staff at Cane Creek Rehabilitation Hospital in Martin, which is owned by Birmingham-based HealthSouth. The incident left Wade with serious brain injuries and confined to bed.

The $15.2 million verdict was the largest in Weakley County history, according to Kinnard. Herron took time off from his political post to work on the trial, which lasted five weeks.