June 29, 2015
After writing last week’s column about Father’s Day, we found this text message waiting for us from the First Daughter: "Happy Father’s Day to the person in this world who knows me better than anyone else, who is the source of my wonderful and the source of my strange, who taught me to worship words and their power, to love people but love their stories more, to fight for justice because all deserve it constantly, to feel all the feelings we as humans can, and to realize that old souls have a shot in this crazy world. Daddy, I am proud to be your daughter every day, thank you for everything, lord knows you deserve it after this bumpy ride."
Oh, my goodness. One usually has to die to have someone say such nice things about you. Sure, our kids lose their keys, forget to call, never have any cash, make insanely bad choices (and insanely good ones,) breakdown without a spare in the middle of Mississippi at midnight, become lawyers when we tell them not to (and teachers when we tell them to.) But in the
end, if we do this right, every decision, be it good or bad, makes us love them even more. We can count ourselves lucky if they extend that same saving grace to us as well.
Here at MondayMonday we like to think we created the PI lawyer’s favorite game "What’s It Worth?" Whether it’s true or not, we do love it so. Today we offer a Bronx County plaintiff in a medical malpractice action who required open surgery to remove an appendiceal stump which had been left behind after a prior laparoscopic appendectomy. Plaintiff, a male, had no physical limitations, but the open surgery did leave a scar on his abdomen. What’s it worth?
The jury said $950K for past and $250K for future pain and suffering, together with past loss of consortium of $100K and future loss of consortium of $125K. In Erosa v. Coomaraswamy, 2015