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, State of California Department of Transportation, et al.
Court: Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. BC-300552.
Plaintiff’s Attorneys: 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, a 19-year-old visiting British college student was
heading toward a youth hostel after sightseeing
in Hollywood. It was nighttime, and as she attempted to cross busy Cahuenga Boulevard at
the crosswalk, she was struck by a BMW sport
Alice Mowatt, of South Nutfield, Surrey, on her
last day of her vacation, 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
At the time of
in a tourism
studies program at
She had anticipated
completion of her Bachelor of Arts degree in
June 2005. With this information, Mr. Johnson
was able to obtain wage data for supervisor and
junior manager positions
in the tourism sector
from Bournemouth University. This amounted
to an average of $38,273 per annum over her
work-life expectancy plus 22.5% fringe benefits of her wages. The total present value of lost
wages and fringe benefits was $2.2 million.
Next, Mr. Johnson worked with the United
Kingdom based life care planner to calculate
Ms. Mowatt’s future medical care. The life care
planner testified that the majority of her future
medical expenses would come from Ms.
Mowatt’s need for 24-hour
care for the rest of
her life. The total present cash value of her future medical expenses was $8.2 million.