Sacramento jury awards paraplegic woman $31.9 million – The Sacramento Bee

A woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury and was rendered paraplegic in a 2010 traffic collision near Isleton was awarded $31.9million Friday by a Sacramento Superior Court jury.

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

While some may see this as another “runaway jury” situation, I think it is fantastic that juries are willing to follow the law and award large verdicts like this to seriously injured persons.  Traumatic brain injury claims and claims for personal injury related to spinal injuries causing paralysis are impact both the injured party and their family for a lifetime.  There are medical costs and expenses associated with providing sufficient home healthcare and other assistance that allows these victims and their families to try to regain some sense of normalcy after a catastrophic bodily injury  like this one. In addition, California law requires juries to award “general damages” for “physical pain, mental suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, physical impairment, inconvenience, anxiety and humiliation” caused from the physical injury (See California Civil Jury Instructions 3905a).  While no fixed standard exists for such an award, a jury must take account for every aspect of a person’s life that has been affected by the incident.

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