Brad Gungoll, who filed the lawsuits on behalf of Bryce and Tyler’s families, said Zaloudek’s court fight with CompSource Oklahoma makes no real difference in the negligence matter.
“We are not a party to that lawsuit,” Gungoll said.
The only difference Zaloudek’s lawsuit against CompSource will make to the teens and their families is who pays after the negligence lawsuit is finished, Gungoll said.
“They did not have workers’ comp bound on the day of the accident,” Gungoll said.
Though Bryce and Tyler both have a long, hard road ahead of them, Gungoll said, he is inspired by their determination. Both boys lost legs in the accident and were hospitalized for a lengthy time. Both have since returned home.
“The attitudes of these young men are really a testament to the human spirit,” Gungoll said. “These young men are more driven than ever before to accomplish what they set out to accomplish.”
Gungoll said the final amount the families will seek isn’t yet known because medical bills still are coming in. They have to reach “maximum medical recovery” before the sum will be known, Gungoll said.
“People have really poured their hearts out to these boys, and every bit of that is appreciated,” Gungoll said.
Money raised on their behalf has gone to defray travel expenses between here and Oklahoma City, where they were hospitalized, provide for needs throughout the ordeal of the hospitalization and follow-up, and make modifications to their homes and such, Gungoll said. All has been a help.
Asked if anything has been paid toward the costs of Bryce and Tyler’s medical care, Farris answered, “Not that I’m aware. I don’t know if these young men had any personal coverage.”
Gungoll was more succinct.
“My short answer would be ‘No.’ The boys and their families are saddled with it.”