Attorney Dan Newlin set the record by obtaining a $100 million verdict in a case involving a teenage girl (Daniel Sampson), who has been in a coma since 2012 after suffering serious brain damage. Honorable judge Donald Myers, Jr. Presided over the case in an Orange County Court. The money is expected to cover for medical fees incurred in the past and to be incurred in the future, the pain and suffering the teenager is going through, punitive damages and emotional distress faced by the mother (Alma Fletcher) after losing her companion. Check out Dan Newlin on YouTube.
The whole thing began when the girl, then 15 years old, was hit by a stray bullet in the head. The stray bullet had been fired by gang member Tyrone Mosby. Mosby, together with other men, was escaping from a home invasion scene. He was shooting at the owner of the home, when the stray bullet found its way into the back of the family van where Danielle was. After the incident, she spent a few weeks in hospital and in rehabilitation. Till now, the teen cannot do anything beyond blinking. She is paralyzed and unable to communicate with her mother. The bullet that hit her is still lodged in her head.
After the groundbreaking verdict, which is Orange County’s largest, Newlin hopes that the outcome will be a lesson to other criminal gangs. They should realize that they will not just be held criminally responsible but also civilly responsible for their actions.
As Mr. Mosby is still serving his jail sentence, the family is not expecting any money yet. For Attorney Newlin, that was not the point of the case to begin with. When Mosby gets out of jail, a portion of the money he will be earning will be deducted and paid to the family.
The case had been filed in July 2013 with the defendant as Mosby. The plaintiff was blaming the defendant for the damages and injuries he caused to Danielle. In 29th of July 2012, the court had found Mosby guilty of aggravated battery that caused bodily harm and attempted first-degree murder. This earned him a 30 years sentence in Jail.
Ama Fletcher was happy with the Jury’s understanding of the ramifications of Mosby’s recklessness. However, she explained that this was only about justice for her daughter; she was still not able to communicate with her.
Danielle’s stepfather, Justin Fletcher, stated that no money was enough to make Danielle what she once was. “But today’s verdict brings some measure of closure to this chapter in our lives,” he added. Newlin was happy to have gotten the best results possible in the case. He sympathizes with the family for going through that whole experience.