CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A Cape Coral man was awarded 45 million dollars after an accident left him paralyzed, but seven months later, he still doesn't have a dime.
Not only is the man confined to a wheelchair, he also takes care of his daughter - who is also disabled. She was hurt in a car accident a year before her father and making ends meet is a struggle.
Jerry Aloia was an active man, but after a vehicle hit him while he was riding a motorcycle four years ago - he is stuck in a wheelchair. Now, he's making CD's, selling artwork, and writing books to make money.
"Things are just bottoming out. That's why I'm hoping this business takes off. I just kind of gave up on the lawsuit thing."
This past December, he was awarded 45 million dollars from the driver's insurance company. He still doesn't have any of the money.
"I just don't know what to do. We keep getting lawyers, I don't know. It's just really sad. I just sit here at night. My life is just so different, and I just keep getting the run around."
Aloia's lawyer told WINK News the insurance company has filed a few motions that are still pending - causing the hold up. One is asking for a new trail. Another is requesting the 45 million dollar award be lowered. After all this - Aloia is ready to give up.
"I just want to get it over with. It's been like four years since I got hurt and this has gone on almost a year, so it's long enough."
Aloia's lawyer said the three motions that are still pending should have been wrapped up months ago, but said he will do whatever he can to get Aloia the money he deserves.