Jury awards Itawamba man $21M Fulton By GEORGE FARRIS Staff Writer A former IAHS student has been awarded approximately $21 million after an assault on the grounds of a Captain D’s restaurant on Gloster St. in Tupelo left him paralyzed. After five years and finally a trial, an Oxford jury voted unanimously, after two hours of deliberation, to award Michael Foradori Jr. nearly $21 million - a record amount awarded by a federal jury in Mississippi’s history. “Our civil justice system was designed for cases like this,” said Joey Langston, one of Foradori’s attorneys. “[Captain D’s] never stepped up and took responsibility for what happened.” According to a press release from the Langston Law Firm, Foradori entered the seafood restaurant Dec. 22, 2000, where he was involved in a confrontation with an employee. A manager witnessed the altercation and told the two to “go outside.” After the two went outside, a second employee allegedly hit Foradori from behind knocking him down a four-foot embankment, subsequently breaking his neck and leaving him paralyzed from the shoulders down. Langston argued that the corporation was negligent in failing to train their management members to properly supervise and control employees of the restaurant. He also stressed the fact that management should be trained in properly handling a violent conflict so it would not escalate into the injury of customers. The total of $20.8 million award is broken down as follows: • $10 million for pain and suffering, mental anguish and the loss of enjoyment of life. • $1,581,884.41 for present medical expenses. • $8 million for the medical expenses likely to be incurred in the future. • $1.3 million for Foradori’s loss of future earnings. “It took this verdict for them to realize that they have a problem,” Langston said. The verdict is a large one and rightly so in Langston’s mind. “I appreciate everyone’s views on our civil justice system,” Langston said. “However, this is the type of case that demands a record verdict. This young man will have to live for 50 years as a quadriplegic.” In an article published by the Clarion-Ledger, Brad Hathaway, one of the two attorneys representing Captain D’s, said, “We find it an unfortunate decision that’s at war with the facts,” concerning the verdict. Captain D’s is expected to appeal. Because of his condition, Foradori is currently residing in a nursing home in Memphis, Tenn.