24 February 2016

Jury Awards $52 Million to Woman Attacked at Hotel

By: Daily Business Review

A jury has awarded $52 million to a woman rendered a quadriplegic after a 2012 assault at a hotel.

Victoria St. Jacques, then 20, suffered a fractured cervical vertebra at the Ambassador Hotel in Orlando after a man allegedly body slammed her on his balcony’s concrete floor after an altercation. She sued Sammy’s Investments Orlando LLC, operating as Ambassador Hotel, for negligence and premises liability based on inadequate security. In April 2015, the court entered a default judgment against the defendant after its failure to retain counsel.

After securing defense counsel, a motion to vacate the default judgment was denied. In the damages trial, the jury awarded $52,183,023 to St. Jacques, who lives at an assisted-living facility.

Case: St. Jacques v. Sammy’s Investments Orlando

Case no.: 13-CA-9202

Plaintiffs attorneys: Don McKeever and Margalie Fenelus Reyes, McKeever Law Firm, Winter Park

Defense attorneys: John W. Zielinski, NeJame Law, Orlando

Read more: http://www.dailybusinessreview.com/id=1202750502115/Jury-Awards-52-Million-to-Woman-Attacked-at-Hotel#ixzz41C1o7vYb

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