Natalie Barnhard was working a fitness center as a trainer when a defective weight machine tipped and fell on her, crushing her vertebrae, and rendering her quadriplegic. Because the manufacturer denied all responsibility for its machine, Natalie pursued her case to trial, where the jury returned a verdict in her favor. The manufacturer appealed the verdict. Even though a jury of her peers had heard the case and already decided the amount she was to receive, the court of appeals in New York slashed the amount of money Natalie could receive. The ability for courts to, in effect, overrule a jury and reduce the award is called remittitur, and varies from state to state.
What does this mean to you?
So why even bother pursuing a case if they just drag it out? In our legal system, individual people and their lawyers have the ability to hold the wealthiest companies responsible for their wrongdoing.