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The Virgin Islands, particularly St. Croix, is known as a "high verdict" jurisdiction. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to obtain information about particular verdicts or compare the injuries in a particular case to the injuries that were associated with past jury verdicts. The information below is collected from numerous sources, including hearsay from other members of the bar. Thus, while it is deemed generally reliable, it should only be used as a guide and with the knowledge that all information may not be accurate. Further information about particular verdicts may be obtained by contacting our firm.

DateVerdictType of claimDamages claimedComments

8/2003 St. Croix

0Slip and fall on area being pavedUnknownDefendant was local paving company
6/2002 St. Croix$1.0 millionWrongful discharge by employer and defamation by second defendantEmotional distressEmployer liable for $400,000; other defendant liable for $600,000. Settled before punitive damages phase of trial
2/2002 St. Croix0Sexual assault on beach near hotelSexual assault and emotional distressDefendant was local hotel. Assault did not take place on hotel property.
2/2001
St. Thomas
$375,000Premises liability – slip and fallSoft tissue back injuryWhile post trial motion was pending, company entered bankruptcy

8/2000 St. Croix

0Premises liability – slip and fallLower back and torn meniscusJury found no negligence upon the part of Fortune 250 corporate defendant
10/2000
St. Croix
(Second trial)
$3.4 millionPremises liability – slip and fallLower back pain with alleged nerve root entrapment at two levels; alleged economic losses of $975,000While post trial motion was pending (over a year), company entered bankruptcy and case settled for pennies on the dollar.
10/1998
St. Croix
(First trial)
$2.9 millionas aboveas aboveNew trial ordered based upon juror confusion over economic damages
8/1997
St. Croix
$650,000 including $300,000 in pain and sufferingPremises liability – slip and fallSoft tissue lower backReversed on appeal due to erroneous admission of expert testimony; remanded for new trial. Defendant declared bankruptcy prior to new trial
4/2000
St. Croix
$500,000Premises liability – slip and fallAggravation of pre-existing spondyl-ol-
esthesis
Settled and discharged in bankruptcy while post trial motion was pending.
7/1998
St. Croix
$75,000Premises liability – trip over cartFractured wrist with testimony that it was permanent; no economic damages
5/1998
St. Croix
$175,000 w/ 15% contribution assessed against plaintiffPremises liability – slip and fall – industrialTorn rotator cuff with surgery to repair prior to trialExtenuating circumstances
, including undisclosed pre-existing injury, probably kept this verdict low
1999
St. Croix
(Second trial)
$75,000Wrongful detention (shoplifting detention)Injury to reputation and psychological injuryIn first trial, jury found no wrongful detention but found defamation. Second trial was based upon defamation only
1997
St. Croix
(First trial)
$80,000Wrongful detention (shoplifting detention)Injury to reputation and psychological injuryNew trial ordered due to erroneous jury instruction
12/1997
St. Thomas
$700,000Premises liability – believed to be slip and fallUnknownPlaintiff presented evidence of economic damages alone that exceeded $700,000.
10/1997
St. Croix
$650,000 (including $350,000 in economic)Premises liability – slip and fallSoft tissue lower back injury.Reversed on appeal and remanded for new trial (pending); plaintiff presented only $150,000 in economic damages, but jury awarded $350,000.
1997
St. Croix
$1.173 millionPremises liabilitySoft tissue lower back injury
1996
St. Croix
$1.66 MMPremises liability – industrialUlnar nerve injury
1995
St. Croix
$1.1 million (including $567,000 for pain and suffering)Premises liability – industrialFractured leg w/o hospitalization -
Post judgment motion granted and case then settled
1995
St. Croix
$4.5 millionMotor vehicle accidentBulging disc with no nerve root impingementReversed by Third Circuit due to pretrial error; case then settled
1994
St. Croix
$675,000 (including $25,000 for pain and suffering)Premises liability – industrialTwo herniated discs with two back surgeries.
1993
St. Croix
$375,000Motor vehicle accidentBadly broken legSole defendant at trial was an individual
Circa 1987
St. Croix
$1.1 MMPremises liability – industrialBurn injury, including facial burnsRemitted by trial judge to $575,000; case then settled while on appeal
1987
St. Thomas
$900,000Premises liability – slip and fallSoft tissueTrial judge remitted to $575,000; Third Circuit remitted further to $235,000
1987
St. Croix
$317,000Premises liability – industrialSoft tissue back injuryThird Circuit remitted to $100,000
Circa 1985
St. Croix
$400,000Premises liability – slip and fallBroken wristTrial court remitted to $165,000
Circa 1985$1 millionMedical malpracticeKnee injury; no medical or lost earnings claimedTrial court remitted to $200,000
1984$261,130 (by judge, not jury) (including $42,500 for pain and suffering) Distal fracture of wrist
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