$800,000 – Compensatory Damages +
$239,193 – Interest from the Date of Filing
$250,000 – Punitive Damages +
$89,315 – Interest from the Date of Filing
$26,822 – Cost Reimbursement
City of Charlotte bus rear-ended handicapped accessible van that was stopped at a red light at an intersection; jury verdict of $800,000 in compensatory damages; interest from the date of filing $239,193; jury verdict of $250,000 in punitive damages; interest from the date of filing $89,315; costs $26,822.
A female in her 70s who was confined to a wheelchair as a result of muscular sclerosis but had full use of her arms sustained severe permanent injuries to her shoulders which caused her severe limitation in the use of her arms.
Trial (and Appeal by Defendants)
Springs v. City of Charlotte, et al., 07-CVS-11908
Judgment dated August 15, 2008; compensatory damage award affirmed by Court of Appeals on January 18, 2011; punitive damage and cost award affirmed by Court of Appeals on August 7, 2012.