The defendant argued that the plaintiff was careless in placing his hand in a dangerous area during an obviously dangerous procedure. They also argued that the damages were limited as the plaintiff was able to return to work despite his injuries.
After 2 hours of deliberation the jury awarded the plaintiff $375,000. Unfortunately for the plaintiff, the judge, Hon. Thomas D. Horne, felt that there was not enough evidence to support such a large award and remitted the award to $175,000.
The case has now been appealed by both parties. The defense has appealed the liability verdict and damages while the plaintiff has appealed the remittance of the award.
The case is William Woodson v. Alban Tractor Co. Plaintiff's attorney in this case is James Magner of Leiser, Leiser, & Hennessy.