Agosto v. Brown
Courts may consider whether the jury's award falls within the necessarily uncertain limits of just damages, or whether the size of the verdict so shocks the sense of justice as to compel the conclusion that the jury was influenced by partiality, prejudice, mistake or corruption, pursuant to Saleh v. Ribeiro Trucking LLC, a 2009 decision of the Connecticut Appellate Court. David Ramos sued the defendant, and the jury awarded Ramos economic damages of $6,178 and did not award non-economic damages, for pain and suffering. The jury also awarded another plaintiff, Felix Agosto, damages of $6,028. It is the jury's prerogative to decide the amount to award for pain and suffering. The court denied Ramos' motion for an additur. The defendant, Kathryn Brown, renewed her motion for a directed verdict and argued that the evidence was insufficient to find that she was negligent and that her negligence proximately caused the plaintiffs' injuries. The defendant failed to prove that the evidence was insufficient and that her negligence did not proximately cause the plaintiffs' damages. The court denied the motion to set aside the verdict.