$2.1 Laura Small Case
1993 – LAURA SMALL
In one of the firm’s first landmark cases, Wylie Aitken zealously represented five-year-old Laura Small who was violently mauled by a mountain lion at a county park.
At only five-years old, Laura was blinded in her right eye, suffered brain damage and was left partially paralyzed after a cougar seized Laura’s head in its mouth and viciously shook her body in front of her horrified mother.
After a five-week trial, a jury awarded the child millions of dollars in damages determining that the county was negligent in failing to protect her. The Board of Supervisors voted to appeal the verdict a month later; but, after two years, the county board finally dropped the opposition.
RESULT – A jury verdict of $2.1 million dollars.