Jury Finds for Deserving Injured Artist
On March 25, 2016, a Chatham County jury returned a verdict for $1,480,778 for the personal injury of a right-handed artist whose right shoulder and chest had been injured in 2011. The jury awarded a verdict based on past medical bills, past lost income, loss of future earning capacity and general damages, including loss of quality of life and chronic pain. The case tried for five days and focused on the loss and harms that the artist had suffered. Defendant Pizza Hut admitted that its driver was negligent in causing the injury in 2011, but claimed that the artist was exaggerating his injuries and his chronic pain that was impacting his ability to produce artwork and earn his living. 18 witnesses, including six medical witnesses, a professor from the Savannah College of Art and Design, an art appraiser, a vocational expert and friends and family of the injured artist provided testimony at trial.