Judge Guts Jury Award From $12 Million to $4 Million

Posted on Oct 27, 2015

The New York Post reports that a 71 yr. old New York woman who injured her leg in a 2007 steam-pipe explosion was awarded $12 million for her injuries by a jury. The injured woman was unsatisfied and requested more money in damages. It backfired. Badly. After hearing her additional requests, a judge cut her award of $12 million to $4 million - a 66% reduction in her award for damages

Why did she make additional requests? She claimed, that at 71 yr. old, she wanted to start running and the injury prevented her from doing that. The other side and the judge found this argument implausible, and the judge ended up stripping away $8 million from what she would've received.

What's interesting is that she says it was her lawyers' idea to say that she couldn't go running anymore. 

If she's telling the truth, her attorney just cost her $8 million. And, that must be horrible to face.

This is what happens when you have an attorney who is inexperienced, doesn't have the guts to give you all the information (did he tell her the judge could reduce the damage amount?) so you can make the best decision for your case and won't listen to you. 

This wouldn't happen at Donahoe Kearney.

Here at Donahoe Kearney we are none of the above - we have many years of experience in the local courts and in front of the local judges. We know how to win but more importantly, we develop a sense of trust with the people and families we represent - and we give them all of the information and advice they need to make the best decisions and the right decisions - decisions that may help them for many years to come.

For us, it's all about trust.

We are an honest and ethical legal team who will work to get you everything you're entitled to under the system.  Listen to what some of our clients have to say about us by clicking here, and here. We listen to you and keep you informed every step of the way - you are a part of the decision-making team the whole way. 

If you have a serious injury, and all the issues that come with it, in D.C., Maryland, or Virginia, call us today at 202-393-3320 to speak with one of our attorneys. We're here to help you - and if we can't help, we'll try our best to find someone who can.