Dumas v. City of New Orleans

Summary

Dumas v. City of New Orleans, 803 So.2d 1001 (4th Circuit) , LA ,   2001,   Report Type: N/A

Appellate Panel :

N/A

Trial Type :

judge

Trial Judge :

N/A

Trial Court :

24th Judicial District

Plaintiff's Lawyer :

N/A

Defendant's Lawyer :

N/A

Injuries

Mental anguish, emotional distress, humiliation, embarrassment.

Tissue :

N/A

Did Plaintiff Have Surgery? :

no

Treatment Length :

N/A

Pre-existing Conditions :

N/A

Award change on appeal:

unchanged

Damages

General Damages :

$100,000

Past Medicals :

$0

Future Medicals :

$0

Past wages :

$0

Future wages :

$0

Loss of Consortium :

$0

Other Damages :

$100,000

Total :

$200,000

Case Details

Suit Reason :

Plaintiff, female high school principal, was arrested hen she refused to release a student to child abuse personnel form the city of New Orleans.

Award Reason :

The police officer was sent solely to arrest the principal. Plaintiff was subject to severe emotional distress and humiliation as a result of her false arrest, including rumors spread around the school and published reports of the incident to her colleagues. Plaintiff was forced to take early retirement at age 49 due to the severity of her embarrassment. Plaintiff also awarded $100,000 for lost wages.