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.).
Steve is the Managing Shareholder of Steven J. Klearman & Associates, a civil litigation law firm located in Reno, Nevada. He practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation and injury law, and has authored one of the definitive guides to Nevada civil law that is widely used by Nevada judges and attorneys, his book entitled Elements of Nevada Legal Theories.