Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois on July 11, 1975 · Page 15
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Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois · Page 15

Freeport, Illinois
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Friday, July 11, 1975
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^^ --——T™ 1 " '» »^***«"»*»^^»»"!tV«WIVf Jury Awards To Plaintiffs Increase Freeport (III.) Journal-Standard. Friday, July 11, 1975 Page 16 __(£.) 1975 N.Y.J!mes Service "WASHINGTON - Across the country, in rural areas as well as big cities, juries are awarding more money than ever before to people injured because 'of other people's negligence or misconduct, and to the estates of people who died because of somebody else's negligence or misconduct. Before 1962, a million-dollar award for personal injuries or libel was unheard of. But since then, there have been dozens. Three awards in Washington-area Courts in recent months illustrate the upward trend: - Thomas H<toks was ari 18-year-old Explorer Scout in town fora Scout convention. Diving off the board into his hotel's swimming pool, he broke his neck and became a quadriplegic. Last month a jury here awarded him $7 million in damages, payable by the hotel's owners. _VBernadette Ascher was a bilingual typist at the Worlds Bank and the ' mother of three in the hospital for a common gynecological operation's a ^result of what a jury determined to be malpractice by the anesthesiologist;' she had: permanent brain damage, no use of her hands and arms and limited use of her legs. A jury awarded her $1.55 million. V '- Barbara Blum was a. 30iyear-old housewife and mother living in ah apartment building in Maryland .that advertised its security, system. One, 'day an inebriated furniture mover' working in the apartment next to hers raped and then killed her. The jury awarded $13,355,000 to her husband, two children and estate , the million-dollar awards and the catastrophic injuries that elicit the awards make up just a'tiny percentage of the total cases. But with less catastrophic injuries, the awards are also going up. cannier Cany Oat Reservations Service Accepted ' 109 S. Galena Ave.- Ph.232-21! Something New . Enjoy An International Menu XV Everyday—Lunchtime and Dinnertime. ONION HALL CLUB 225 W. Main St. - 233-9356 • DANCES • FRIDAY SATURDAY << (9tp1) "CORN HUSKERS^ DENNY T t WESTERNERS SUNDAY (6 to 10) "DENNY Xe d WESTERNERS" NEW HOURS: Open 3 P.M. Tue$. thru Sat. Happy Hour — 3 to 6 P.M. ^r^B^JLgoontUfl. ATTENTION EAGLES Aerie No. 679 Freeport, Illinois Cormr S. VanBuren At W. Jackson Members & Guests SUNDAY, JULY 13 Sunday Night Luncheon MONDAY, JULY 14 Men's Meeting 8P.M. THURSDAY, JULY 17 Men'» Steak Stag TffSff^^^^iTr &^&^a?* : -K:&??'S*<>.-°*-~&*>^*;F??* 'if W. Empire St. Freoporr, III. RESTAURANT .COCKTAIL LOUNGE LIQUOR STORE Don Thrumon — Manager Margie Bennis — Restaurateur Lounge Optn 4 p.m. -J o.m. daily Dining Room 5-11 p.m. doily Phone 232-9016 after 2:30 P.M. .For Reservations,.; Closed For Vacation, July 14 Thru July 27. Open July 28. To Our Customers, Beginning Monday, July 14 through Saturday/ July 26, we will be closed for our annual 2 week vacation. We will open again on Monday, July 28. We are open today and Saturday as usual. Thanks to all of our customers for making • the past year a wonderful success. Don Thruman; Manager Margie Bennis, Restaurateur COCKTAIL HOUR 4-6 P.M. In Our Lounge., Chips and Dip On The Bar Liquor store open as usual during vacation time. Jury Verdicts Research, Inc., an Ohio organization that collects information on verdicts throughout the nation, reports, for example, that in a case involving a leg amputation where the person incurred between $15,000 and $20,000 in monetary losses, the most likely verdict, statistically, was $100,00? in 1967 and $135,000 in 1973. Statistically the most likely verdict for all personal injury cases combined increased at a rate of 6.25 per cent a year in the early 1970s, according to a Jury Verdict Research study made in 1974, compared with a 2.2 per cent a year increase in the late 1960s. The current crisis over medical malpractice insurance has focused attention on jury awards against physicians. Doctors and insurance companies are contending that high awards are causing malpractice insurance costs to skyrocket. But lawyers for injured persons are contending that verdicts are statistically increasing at a rate much lower than that of insurance costs, and that losses in the stock "market rather than high verdicts are prompting the increase in insurance premiums. Basically, though, the dispute is about whether jury verdicts should be as high as they sometimes are. Partly, this is a debate about whether awards should be limited to actual monetary losses, such as medical expenses and lost income, to the extent they can be estimated; or wheth'er they should also include awards to make up for "pain and suffering," .and, as well, assessments called "punitive damages," designed to keep the wrongdoer and others from committing a similar offense again. It is a complex, emotional and often bitter debate. "To say a jury shouldn't compensate for pain and suffering is ridiculous," said Milton Heller, a trial lawyer here —Fri., July 11 — ROCK DANCE Music by ... "Yancey Derringer" —Sat., July 12— WEDDING DANCE In honor of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Swanson nee Susan Mueller Music by ... "Hanks Polka Boys". —Sun., July 13— In The Lounge The "Star Llt«s" Live radio broadcast from 4 to 4,30 P.M.-WEKZ AM-FM Monroe, Wisconsin "PRIDE" TONIGHT JULY llth In The Plantation Room From 9 to 1 A.M. OWL FOUR SEASON: .Jrjg _ 1100 W. Galena Ave. *]m /irrT;.»^a ^ Dk,*.. A '>'»h A.!** &w™ STEAKS SEAFOODS CHOPS Plus Our Well Known SALAD BAR Noon Luncheons Serving 11 to 2 P.M. You'll find we work a little harder and make a little more effort to please our customers. OPEN SUNDAY Noon to 10 P.M. Red Cedar Lounge Serving Smorgasboard Every Saturday Night 233-5388 Serving Your Favorite Cocktail Evening Dinners — 5 P.M. to 11 P.M. Fridays — Serving Our Fish Specials Located In The Bowl Four Season? Unlimited Forking At R«or Entrance i \Supei WHOLE CATFISH WHITE FISH r ™' " • - ' "• "^^^ Every Friday! Complete Mgg Complete Dinner.... 0 Dinner. ^^^"""^^••••••^•^^••^^•^^H ~~" Now Serving Complete Meals and Sandwiches Daily to 12 Midnight; Sunday to 10 P.M. 175 SAUTEED JUMBO FR06 LEGS Complete COCKTAIL HOUR, 4-6 P.M. ' Hort d'oewrres, Men. Thru. Thurs. Hot Hors d'oeuvres on Friday. . . . And We'll Spin The Wheel For Free Drinks. DANCING! Live Entertainment In The Spice Lounge Appearing Through Sunday CORD BAKER Guitar & Vocalist Freeport's New 7re' Place Sugar W Spice •'*•* Open 6a.m.-1 a.m. , 7 Days A Week v who specializes in representing plaintiffs In personal injury cases. "Then we're just money-making machines." "A million dollars at 5 per dent that's $50,000 a year," said John J. Kircher, research director for the Defense Research Institute, a research organization in Milwaukee with about 8,000 defense lawyers, numerous insurance companies and counsel for insurance companies as subscribers, giving the opposite view. "Now how many people are earning $50,000?" Damage awards, he says, should simply compensate people for their losses, not make their heirs rich. Whether damage awards do this, of course, is a matter of debate as well in many cases, according to George Shadoan, the Rockville, Md., lawyer who represented the plaintiffs in the Blum case, the awards, even when In the hundreds of thousands of dollars, do not cover such economic losses as future income lost because of an in- Jury. Certainly, the awards in some cases are less than the amount that economists testifying as witnesses for plaintiffs have described for the jury. In the case of Mrs. Ascher, represented by Richard S. Paulson of Washington, the economist predicted losses that could be covered by payment of about $1.9 million, and his figuring took into account what that sum couhtbring if Invested. The jury award was $350,000 less than that. The most basic aspect of the debate, the exact extent of the rise Injury verdicts, is impossible to settle because there Is no nationwide compilation of all jury verdicts. ADDING NEW FURNITURE TO YOUR HOME ... Sell your no longer needed furnl- tMre with n low cost Family Want Ad . ' Dial 232-2171, of courso we'll charge HI 1221 SMORGASBORD ... SUN. ONLY Serving From 12 Noon to 3 a.m. Open Daily 6 a.m. to Evening - Closed Thursday ELIZABETH •Complete Menu- 115 Main St., Elizabeth Phone 858-3617 GONE FISHING! OPEN AGAIN JULY 16th For RewrvatioriB — 443-2612 LIGHTS PIARl CITY, IUINOIS _on ROUTE 7* = •Arlyn & Karen Thompson. JUST 15 MINUTES WEST OF FREEPORT Smorgasbord Wed.-July 16 Open At 5P.M. A Short Drive For A Great Meal! SAT. SPECIAL Ei m v $595 Featuring A Full Menu In The Dining Room . . . • STEAKS • SEAFOOD • FISH SUPPER CLUB , ILL. Stagecoach Road, West Edge Of Lena FRIDAY SPECIAL Catfish Fillet $195 Pinner At 5 P.M. Daily Lounge Open Noon-1 A.M. 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