June 4, 2009

Man awarded $95,500 in suit against mom

A New Jersey man who cut off his pinky finger when his mother tapped him on the shoulder was awarded $95,500 plus nearly $20,000 in medical expenses by a jury.

Court papers state John Garrity was working with a miter saw in the Wayne garage belonging to his mother, Nancy, in 2006 when she tapped him on the shoulder. Garrity said in depositions that he was startled by the touch and turned around quickly, causing his finger to move into the path of the saw.

The State Superior Court jury ruled Garrity and his mother were each 50 percent at fault for the incident, awarding Garrity half of the $191,000 award he had sought and half of the $37,000 he has paid in medical expenses, the North Jersey Herald & News, Passaic, N.J., reported Thursday.

Court records state Nancy Garrity admitted her actions caused this incident and plaintiff John Garrity's injuries.