Man Receives 35 Years in Prison for Burning a Woman and Her Son
According to a horrifying WESH 2 report, a Brevard County Court sentenced Frederick Rogers to 35 years in prison for throwing sulfuric acid on Cindy Cook and her 14-year-old son after Cook attempted to break off a relationship with Rogers. The brutal attack resulted in Cook sustaining substantial burns covering over 30 percent of her body; she lost an ear in the attack, as well. Cook requires surgery to restore her ear and possibly her hearing, but there is only a 30 percent chance that her hearing will return.
Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Damages
The shocking story above shows that injuries caused by third-parties may cause severe and long-lasting effects. Some of those effects are quantifiable, such as medical bills and the amount of money one has lost due to missing work. However, there is another category of damages, which are not as tangible. The following two categories of damages describe how compensation will be separated:
Pecuniary damages describe a quantifiable monetary loss. A judge or jury will be able to calculate or estimate with some form of certainty the amount of pecuniary damages. A few examples of such pecuniary losses one may suffer as a result of an accident include:
- Medical expenses;
- Vehicle repair or replacement costs;
- Past or future lost wages; and
- Any out-of-pocket expenditures used before a trial.
Non-pecuniary damages are damages that cannot be accurately quantified in monetary terms. These damages are losses that are less tangible, and do not have a precise value. Examples of such pecuniary losses that may be suffered as a result of an accident include:
- Pain and suffering as a result of an accident;
- Permanent scarring or disfigurement;
- Loss of consortium or the loss of love from a spouse or child; and
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
Will an Attorney Be Able to Help?
If you or a loved one has sustained any injuries as a result of the negligent acts of another, be sure to seek the advice of a medical professional. Many injuries require multiple doctor visits, which can result in a plethora of medical bills. Once you are able, contact Michael Davis and David Boone by calling (954) 566-9919 or visit our website to schedule a free consultation. Our attorneys are prepared to help you in any way possible in order to obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact Boone & Davis at our Fort Lauderdale offices today.