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Woman who alleged burial error for parents gets $400,000

A jury awarded $400,000 to a woman who claimed that a cemetery improperly buried her parents. Leslie Carpenter's father, Warren Griffith, died in 2001 and was buried at the Palms Woodlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery in Naranja. She and her siblings claimed in 2004 that Palms Woodlawn buried an unrelated male on top of his existing grave. They also alleged that in 2008 the cemetery buried Griffith's wife on top of an unrelated female. Defense counsel claimed burying the other male above Griffith's grave was a mistake. They claimed Griffith was always interred in the space his wife had purchased. They claimed it appeared that the wrong name was later placed on the plot, most likely when the non-related male was erroneously buried above Griffith.
Carpenter v. Woodlawn Park Cemetery Co.
Miami-Dade County

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Extensive injuries in head-on crash garner $10.7 million

A jury awarded nearly $10.8 million for extensive injuries a man sustained in a head-on collision in Pensacola. Jerry Hendrix, then 53, was driving his 1997 Jeep Wrangler northbound on Old Palafox Highway at Ten Mile Road. A boom truck being driven by Justin Wise southbound on Old Palafox turned left in the intersection, causing the accident. The parties disputed whether Hendrix was wearing his seat belt. Hendrix's injuries included orbital, nose, jaw, olecranon, clavicle, rib, and tibial plateau fractures; facial lacerations; facial skin degloving; ulnar nerve damage; and lost sight in his right eye. The jury found that Wise was 85 percent liable and Hendrix was 15 percent liable, reducing his nearly $12.7 million award accordingly.
Hendrix v. Wise
Escambia County

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Woman with chest pain who became paralyzed gets $8 million

A woman who alleged that five doctors' negligence led to her paralysis recovered nearly $8.1 million. Muriel Tenney, then 38, went to a Hollywood hospital with an upper-back abscess. Two ER doctors treated her, draining the abscess. Three weeks later, she went to an urgent care center doctor with chest pain. Two days later, she returned to the ER, developed lower-leg numbness and ultimately became paralyzed. Prior to trial, the initial ER doctors, Sethuraj Raj and Marc Shapiro, were dismissed and the hospital settled. The jury found the urgent care doctor, Ahmed Shehata, not liable. It found two other ER physicians and a Fabre doctor who treated Tenney at the hospital shared all liability. The actual award was reduced from $19.2 million.
Tenney v. Inphynet South Broward Inc.
Broward County

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Largest Florida Jury Verdicts

(since Jan. 1, 2014; based on cases reported to VerdictSearch)
$21,700,000 Estate of Karoussos v. Port Lucaya Marina Co. Ltd. Broward Co. Feb 10
$21,000,000 American Bridge Bahamas, LTD v. Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. Miami-Dade Co. May 14
$20,870,200 Estate of Wisekal v. Laboratory Corporation of America Palm Beach Co. Apr 16
$19,252,039 Tenney v. Inphynet South Broward Inc. Broward Co. May 22
$14,887,641 Estate of Blanchard v. Panhandle Plumbing Inc. Okaloosa Co. Mar 25
$14,755,000 Ameritox v. Millennium Laboratories Inc. Federal Jun 16
$12,663,107 Hendrix v. Burford's Tree Inc. Escambia Co. May 23
$12,500,000 CE v. Myers Lake Co. Jan 18
$12,500,000 Cuculino v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Miami-Dade Co. Jan 17
$12,000,000 Estate of Wheeler v. D.A.B. Constructors Inc. Citrus Co. Jan 22