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Zittrain Torts Playlist Spring 2013

Yetta Seffert, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. Los Angeles Transit Lines (a Corporation) and Walter B. Harrell, Defendants and Appellants.

Headnote

How should courts go about calculating future damages for pain and suffering? A bus operated by the defendant trapped the plaintiff in the doorway, dragged her some distance, and threw her to the pavement. As a result, the plaintiff suffered gruesome injuries to her left foot, which required nine operations by the time of the trial. At trial, the plaintiff was awarded damages for pain and suffering which were triple her pecuniary damages.