June 1995

Bader Field, Atlantic City (Source: Wikipedia)

Bader Field, Atlantic City (Source: Wikipedia)

I finally had my lawsuit go to trial for my neck injury at Harrah’s casino in Atlantic City. It would have been difficult driving from Delaware to Atlantic City each day, but Lou was renting airplanes to go to his client site anyway, so he flew me in and dropped me off and picked me up at Bader Field right in downtown Atlantic City each day of the trial, which lasted about 3 days. He was only able to take time off to attend the part of the trial where he testified. He was actually a joint plaintiff in the case, and was also suing the hotel for “loss of services;” my services, to be specific. Reality is that he hasn’t lost that much, since I still do the same everything I’ve always done. It’s just that now, I do it while I’m in pain. Lou did not prevail on his joint complaint, but I won for my part and have a nice award coming, but it will take time to work through the appeal steps before we are actually paid. I think my attorney did an awesome job when he wrapped it up, so the jurors could put a value on my injury. I have insurance, and I continued to go to work, so lost wages and the medical bills out of my pocket were not all that much. So he presented my injury like it is a job, where I had to deal with the pain, the trips to doctors’ offices, physical therapy, and such, and asked them to value what that job should pay. I think I did well in my testimony, and was credible, since I didn’t try to embellish or lie about anything. Lou says I totally bored the jury, and his testimony alone got them to find in my favor. I don’t know what he said, because the judge made me leave the courtroom while he was on the stand. And Lou doesn’t really know the majority of what I said, because he wasn’t there for most of the trial. In any case, we did win, and it doesn’t really matter who said what to make it happen. I just told the truth and that’s all I could do anyhow.

Since we have some extra money coming in, we’ve been looking at buying an airplane. Lou keeps asking me if I’d rather get a sports car instead, but it just doesn’t make sense at this point. Before Anjelica was born, I really wanted a Miata, but there’s no back seat, so that’s not practical now. Even if we got a fun car with a back seat, we still wouldn’t go very far with it, because Lou has to drive all the time for work, so the last thing he wants to do is drive for fun. And even if we did go somewhere, you can still only go as fast as the speed limit, regardless of what the car is capable of doing. With a plane, he can get to his client sites faster, so he’ll be home more, and the three of us can go on weekend day trips all the time. We’ve already rented a few times and had a blast traveling by plane. It’s an expensive toy, but fun.

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