Robert W. Johnson & Associates was retained to provide economic testimony in quantifying the present cash value of lost earning capacity and future medical expenses.
Location: Los Angeles, California
Case: Alice Mary Mowatt v. City of Los Angeles
Court: State of California Department of Transportation, et al., Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. BC-300552
Plaintiff’s Attorneys: Ronald H. Rouda and John M. Feder of the Law Offices of Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & Zanobini, San Francisco, California
Judge: The Honorable John P. Shook
Case Synopsis: On September 23, 2002, Alice Mowatt, a 19-year-old visiting British college student was heading toward a youth hostel after sightseeing in Hollywood on her last day of vacation. It was nighttime, and as she attempted to cross busy Cahuenga Boulevard at the crosswalk, she was struck by a BMW sport utility vehicle.
Ms. Mowatt nearly died after suffering multiple trauma and permanent brain damage. According to her attorneys, doctors were forced to induce a coma to control the swelling of her brain. After two weeks, Ms. Mowatt regained consciousness. As a result of the accident, she was left with
- memory loss,
- double vision,
- loss of her sense of taste and smell
- and cognitive deficits.
Expert Testimony: In this case, Mr. Johnson was retained to testify regarding loss of earning capacity and future medical expenses. Since Ms. Mowatt lived and planned to work in England, Mr. Johnson had to research economic indicators from the United Kingdom. These government statistics consisted of fringe benefits, employment and earnings, interest and inflation rates and life expectancies.