Hulk Hogan, son reach settlement with Graziano family
TAMPA (TBO.com)- The legal battle between the Bollea and Graziano families appears to be over.
Attorneys for John Graziano today announced they have reached a settlement with famed former wrestler Hulk Hogan and his son, Nick Bollea, over injuries Graziano sustained in a 2007 car wreck.
Terms of the settlement in the civil lawsuit filed by Graziano’s guardian were not revealed, but Graziano’s attorneys said their client “will be given appropriate care for the rest of his life.”
The attorneys say the proceeds won’t go to the Graziano family; the lawsuit was only for John Graziano’s medical care and his pain and suffering.
Debbie Graziano, John’s mother, “is happy with the settlement,” said Kimberley Kohn, one of Graziano’s attorneys.
Attorney Wil Florin, who represents Bollea and his father, whose real name is Terry Bollea, said his clients are happy the pending litigation is complete. Florin said Terry and Nick Bollea hope that they can now be part of John Graziano’s life.
Graziano was injured when he was a passenger in a car driven by Nick Bollea that crashed. Graziano’s guardian and family have said they need millions of dollars for Graziano’s ongoing care. The Iraq war veteran is in a semiconscious state and is living with his mother in Pinellas County.
Nick Bollea served eight months in jail for reckless driving.
Graziano attorney George Tragos said he had been preparing for a trial that he thought might last three weeks. He said the family was relieved not to have to go through the trial.
After the agreement was reached, Tragos said, “We didn’t celebrate. We were relieved. This whole thing revolved around John. There’s really nothing to celebrate.”
Negotiations had been ongoing for more than a year but two attempts for mediation failed. The big break came, Tragos said, when representatives for the Bolleas said recently that they were still interested in settling the case out of court.
Nine hours after an impromptu settlement conference began Wednesday, the two sides had a deal. It was approved in Pinellas County court this morning.
Kohn said she doesn’t care what led the Bolleas to discuss settling.
“The most important thing is John â€¦ and his care,” she said.
Linda Bollea had reached a settlement in the suit last month; those terms also are confidential, according to her attorney.