The family of an 8-year-old girl who was critically injured in a dog attack has been awarded more than $36 million in a trial in DeKalb County, Ga. The jury awarded the family of Erin Ingram $72 million in a suit against Twyann Vaughn of Lithonia, Ga. The trial judge capped punitive damages at $250,000, reducing the award to roughly $36.6 million. Erin Ingram was attacked by Ms. Vaughn’s dogs and her left arm had to be partially amputated. She also received other injuries. Ms. Vaughn was found guilty in January 2012 of reckless conduct, violation of the county’s vicious dog ordinance, and failure to have the dogs immunized for rabies. She was sentenced to 16 months in jail.
Source: Insurance Journal
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