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When Is a Verdict Excessive?

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Juries sit for days or weeks to determine verdicts. Juries are a fundamental concept in our American system. Why do some continue to question the wisdom of juries? Only a juror who sat through a case understands the evidence in that case.

Florida attorney Bob Carroll cites to the following verdicts in his blog of this date. Do these look like frivilous lawsuits?

A jury in New York awarded the mother of a baby who suffered severe brain damage at birth $29.3 million against the hospital because the baby was not timely delivered (Stephanie Muniz an infant, et al. v. New York Methodist Hospital, et al., No. 3245/00, N.Y. Sup., Kings Co.).

In West Virginia a family was awarded $17 million on March 27 for injuries their baby sustained at birth which rendered her a spastic quadriplegic (Mark and Lori Pochron, et al. v. Monongalia General Hospital, et al., No. 03-FC-4, W.Va. Cir., Monongalia Co.).

A Wisconsin jury awarded a woman $8.38 million against a doctor who rendered her stomach and intestines useless during the course of a procedure designed to prevent heart burn (Jessica Greenfield v. Dean Health System and Paul Huepenbecker, No. 4CV32, Wis. Cir., Dane Co.).

In Texas a woman who was rendered quadriplegic as a result of a rollover accident was awarded $29,515,196.41 against auto manufacturers and a tire manufacturer (Rose Marie Munoz v. Ford Motor Company, et al., No. 03-3353-B, Texas Dist., Neuces Co., 117th Jud.).

In nearby Orlando, Florida, the estate of a cable layer was awarded $2,857,000 against an electrical contractor for his death caused by a dangerous electrical conduit in a commercial building’s attic (Eugene Dixon, et al. v. M.R. Pride Electric Co., No. 04CA-2275, Fla. Cir., Orange Co., 9th Jud.).