Jury awards Rapid City woman 42 million for injuries sustained while working for UPS

The case was tried back in 2017 and a similar amount of $45 million was awarded before the case would be retried at the South Dakota Supreme Court.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Rapid City woman has been awarded $42 million for injuries she sustained while working for the United Parcel Service.

Fern Johnson was awarded the money when action was taken against Liberty Mutual Insurance and The United Parcel Service.

The case was tried back in 2017 and a similar amount of $45 million was awarded before the case would be retried at the South Dakota Supreme Court.

Verne Goodsell, a lawyer and partner at the Goodsell Oviatt Law Firm case says that the jury is tasked with coming up with an amount that will deter the conduct.

To get that number, the jury must understand the net worth and annual income of the defenders.

“In this case, that’s measured in some cases billions of dollars and millions of dollars,” Goodsell said. “So when you put it into perspective as to what amount will get their attention, so they stop, that’s what the jury is considering.”

$36 million in punitive damages against Liberty Mutual and $5 million against UPS along with one million in compensable interest was also awarded to Johnson.

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