Florida judge upholds $2.6 million jury award to Kansas tourist

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A judge upheld a $2.6 million judgment awarded to a Kansas tourist whose skull was fractured when she was run over by a truck driven by a lifeguard.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports Volusia County had appealed part of the judgment handed down by a jury in favor of Erin Joynt, who was injured while lying on the beach in 2011.

The judge ruled Monday after the county had appealed a $600,000 portion of the judgment granted for compensation for future medical bills and earning capacity.

Joynt was also awarded $500,000 for past suffering and $1.5 million for future suffering. Deputy County Attorney Larry Smith says officials may still decide to seek a reduction in other amounts.

Joynt's attorney John Phillips says he will seek a speedy resolution.

 

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