$2.6M Florida Jury Award to Tourist Upheld

August 20, 2014

A judge upheld a $2.6 million judgment awarded to a Kansas tourist whose skull was fractured when she was run over by a truck driven by a lifeguard.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal said Volusia County had appealed part of the judgment handed down by a jury in favor of Erin Joynt, who was injured while lying on the beach in 2011. The judge ruled after the county had appealed a $600,000 portion of the judgment granted for compensation for future medical bills and earning capacity.

Joynt was also awarded $500,000 for past suffering and $1.5 million for future suffering.

Deputy County Attorney Larry Smith said officials may still decide to seek a reduction in other amounts.

Joynt’s attorney John Phillips said he will seek a speedy resolution.

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