Practice Area: Ethics and professional responsibility
Outcome: $1,305,910 jury verdict
Description: At Universal Studios, Suzanne Box accompanied her seven-year old son on “ Jurassic Park --The Ride.” The person seated next to her was heavier than either she or her son, so when the ride attendant lowered the restraint to secure the riders, there was considerable room between her son and the bar. When the ride proceeded to its thrilling climax -- an 84-ft. drop down a 50-degree slide into a pool of water -- Ms. Box feared for her son’s safety, so she turned to prevent him from falling out, and as the boat splashed down, Suzanne felt a severe jolt of pain. The injury that Suzanne received required surgery and left her with unresolved chronic shoulder pain. She retained an attorney, but he failed to file her claim within the statute of limitations. Suzanne was referred to Stuart Law Firm. To prevail before a jury on Suzanne’s behalf, Stuart Law Firm would have to obtain a jury award for a defect in the design and operation of a fixed amusement park ride. This was something no attorney in California had ever achieved. Based upon the evidence and arguments that Tony Stuart presented at trial, however, the jury returned a verdict of $1,305,910.