Paris Hilton has a younger brother who is going to be somewhat less wealthy due to a multimillion-dollar damage award he has been ordered to pay. Barron Hilton was the defendant in a lawsuit brought by a man he struck with his vehicle in 2008.
According to the car accident lawsuit, the incident began with Barron Hilton's companion driving his Mercedes-Benz and getting into a collision. However, that first collision was not the subject of the suit. After the first collision, Mr. Hilton reportedly drove the wrong way on the Pacific Coast Highway for a number of miles, then pulled into a gas station where he struck the plaintiff in the case, who was an employee of the gas station.
Hilton was 18 years old at the time of the collision, and claimed afterward that he did not remember driving the vehicle. Witnesses remembered that for him.
Miami car accident attorneys following news reports of the case noted that Hilton was arrested after the collision and charged with drunk driving. His blood-alcohol level was .14. He pled no contest and was convicted on the charge.
The recent judgment in the victim's lawsuit ordered Hilton to pay $4.6 million for medical expenses, loss of income, and pain and suffering. In addition, he has been ordered to pay $225,000 in punitive damages and around $71,000 in interest.
As the plaintiff's lawyer put it, "This wild night of reckless partying resulted in [the plaintiff's] permanent disability, required him to undergo multiple surgeries and medical procedures and destroyed his family and his ability to provide for his family."
Frequently, a lawsuit is the only way for a victim to receive compensation for their injuries.
Source: L.A. Times "Barron Hilton ordered to pay $4.9 million in drunk-driving case, attorney says" 7/15/2011