Carfora v. Calandro
At a hearing in damages, a court can award a plaintiff economic damages for medical expenses and non-economic damages for pain and suffering. In 2011, the defendant, Anthony Calandro, allegedly struck the 28-year-old plaintiff, Thomas Carfora, with a bottle of beer at a Yale-Harvard football game. The plaintiff sued and alleged that he suffered a fractured skull, loss of consciousness and suffered a traumatic brain injury. The defendant denied that he was responsible for the plaintiff's alleged injuries. The defendant did not appear at trial and was defaulted. At a hearing in damages, the plaintiff presented evidence that his medical expenses were $12,830 and that he has a permanent scar. The court awarded the plaintiff $12,830 in economic damages and $20,000 in non-economic damages, for pain and suffering.