Economist quantifies lost wages, benefits and future medical expenses for unemployed amputee. LIFE ACTIVITY CALENDAR validates loss of enjoyment of life damages.
Robert W. Johnson & Associates was retained to (a) present testimony that would assist the jury in quantifying the economic impact of the amputation of one leg and the degloving of the other leg and (b) prepare a Life Activity Calendar that would graphically illustrate how the injury has changed the plaintiff’s life.
Location: Los Angeles, California
Case: Pogosyan,, et al., v. Southern California Rapid Transit Division, et al.
Court: Los Angeles County California Superior Court, NO. BCO70359
Plaintiff’s Attorneys: Brian J. Panish, Brown Greene (Greene, Broillet, Taylor & Wheeler - Santa Monica) and Robert S. Shtofman (Law Offices of Robert S. Shtoman - Los Angeles, California).
Case Synopsis: Mrs. Lusik Pogosyan, a 45-year-old mother, was getting into her car after finishing an "English as a Second Language" class. She was struck by a vehicle involved in a police pursuit. The Plaintiff suffered a left leg amputation through the knee, a degloving of the right leg and crushing injuries to her pelvis and other areas.
Expert Testimony: Robert W. Johnson testified that, (a) assuming Mrs. Pogosyan would have become a teacher, the present value of her lost earnings and benefits was $521,000 and (b) because of the fact that medical expenses are rising faster than interest rates, the present value of Mrs. Pogosyan's future medical expenses would be $2,753,000. For closing argument, a colorcoded Life Activity Calendar, illustrating the negative impact to the quality of her life after the injury, was prepared on the actual testimony of Mrs. Pogosyan and her family. The near total elimination of her normal activities with her children, church and homemaking tasks were documented and graphically demonstrated by the Life Activity Calendar.
Results: Prior to trial the defense originally accepted plaintiff’s demand of $435,000 but later denied it. Then at the beginning of trial the defense offered $500,000. The jury returned a verdict of $22,000,000 which included $3,250,000 in economic (lost wages and medical expenses) damages and $17,000,000 in general damages.