Haltiwanger v. Barr, No. 19370

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of South Carolina
Writing for the CourtLITTLEJOHN; MOSS
Citation186 S.E.2d 819,258 S.C. 27
PartiesJon Franklin HALTIWANGER, Respondent, v. Capers G. BARR, III, as Administrator of the Estate of David D. Brunant, Appellant.
Docket NumberNo. 19370
Decision Date15 February 1972

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186 S.E.2d 819
258 S.C. 27
Jon Franklin HALTIWANGER, Respondent,
v.
Capers G. BARR, III, as Administrator of the Estate of David
D. Brunant, Appellant.
No. 19370.
Supreme Court of South Carolina.
Feb. 15, 1972.

[258 S.C. 28] Joseph R. Young, of Young, Clement & Rivers, Charleston, for appellant.

Thomas D. Wise, of Way, Burkett & Wise, Charleston, for respondent.

[258 S.C. 29] LITTLEJOHN, Justice:

This tort action was brought by the respondent to recover from the appellant for property loss and personal injuries received in an automobile collision on November 16, 1968. The respondent moved for summary judgment as to liability, which was granted. The question of the amount of actual damages was submitted to the jury, which returned a verdict for $64,000. Thereafter the appellant moved for a new trial or a new trial Nisi in the alternative, both of which were refused. This appeal followed.

The property damages and injuries were sustained when appellant's intestate, David D. Brunant, crossed three lanes and the median of a four-lane highway and crashed head-on with the respondent's vehicle. The impact was so violent that both cars were completely demolished. Brunant was killed instantly, and the respondent sustained serious injuries, including a permanent injury to his back.

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The sole issue for determination by this Court is whether the verdict was so excessive as to show capriciousness and prejudice on the part of the jury.

The complaint alleged 'serious and permanent personal injuries.' It also alleged and sought recovery for the loss of an 18 foot boat, a motor, a trailer, and items of personal property.

As we review the evidence for the purpose of determining whether the lower court erred as a matter of law in failing to hold that the verdict was the result of prejudice and caprice, we keep in mind the fact that it became the duty of the jury to estimate, as best it could, the future damages which are reasonably certain to accrue to the respondent. The trial was respondent's only day in court as relates to any claim against the appellant arising out of the unfortunate collision. We also keep in mind the fact that the issue is, in the first analysis, one for the trial judge who [258 S.C. 30] heard all of the testimony and was in a better position to rule upon it than is this Court.

We held in Nelson v. C. & W. Carolina Rwy. Co., 226 S.C. 516, 86 S.E.2d 56 (1955):

'. . . (T)his court will not undertake to set aside a verdict because its amount is such as to indicate merely undue liberality on the part of the jury. The power in such case to set it aside, or reduce it by granting a new trial Nisi, rests with the trial judge alone. It is only when the verdict is so grossly excessive as to indicate that the jury was moved by passion or prejudice or other considerations not founded on the evidence and the constructions of the trial court, that it becomes the duty of this court, as well as of the trial court, to set it aside absolutely.'

Under the facts as revealed by the record before us, we refuse to disturb the verdict.

The respondent was 32 years of age, married, and had three children at the time of the collision. He enjoyed generally good health. He was regularly employed as a...

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    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • September 1, 2021
    ...recover for all injuries, past and prospective, which arose and will arise from the defendant's tortious activity." Haltiwanger v. Barr, 258 S.C. 27, 32, 186 S.E.2d 819, 821 (1972) (emphases added) (quoting 22 Am. Jur. Damages § 27). "Thus, recovery must be had for future pain and suffering......
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    • United States District Courts. 4th Circuit. United States District Court of South Carolina
    • January 19, 1981
    ...960, 87 S.Ct. 1019, 18 L.Ed.2d 110 (1967); Harrison & Sons, Inc. v. J. I. Case Co., 180 F.Supp. 243 (E.D.S.C.1960); Haltiwanger v. Barr, 258 S.C. 27, 186 S.E.2d 819 (1972); Powers v. Calvert Fire Ins. Co., 216 S.C. 309, 57 S.E.2d 638 (1950). As the New Jersey Supreme Court subsequently decl......
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    ...recover for all injuries, past and prospective , which arose and will arise from the defendant's tortious activity." Haltiwanger v. Barr , 258 S.C. 27, 32, 186 S.E.2d 819, 821 (1972) (emphases added) (quoting 22 Am. Jur. Damages § 27 ). "Thus, recovery must be had for future pain and suffer......
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    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 4th Circuit. United States District Court of South Carolina
    • July 28, 2017
    ...recover for all injuries, past and prospective, which arose and will arise from the defendant's tortious activity." Haltiwanger v. Barr, 258 S.C. 27, 32, 186 S.E.2d 819, 821 (1972). "Thus, recovery must be had for future pain and suffering, and for thePage 14 reasonable value of medical ser......
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  • Jolly v. Gen. Elec. Co., 5858
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • September 1, 2021
    ...recover for all injuries, past and prospective, which arose and will arise from the defendant's tortious activity." Haltiwanger v. Barr, 258 S.C. 27, 32, 186 S.E.2d 819, 821 (1972) (emphases added) (quoting 22 Am. Jur. Damages § 27). "Thus, recovery must be had for future pain and suffering......
  • Phillips v. United States, Civ. A. No. 79-551-8.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 4th Circuit. United States District Court of South Carolina
    • January 19, 1981
    ...960, 87 S.Ct. 1019, 18 L.Ed.2d 110 (1967); Harrison & Sons, Inc. v. J. I. Case Co., 180 F.Supp. 243 (E.D.S.C.1960); Haltiwanger v. Barr, 258 S.C. 27, 186 S.E.2d 819 (1972); Powers v. Calvert Fire Ins. Co., 216 S.C. 309, 57 S.E.2d 638 (1950). As the New Jersey Supreme Court subsequently decl......
  • Jolly v. Gen. Elec. Co., Appellate Case No. 2017-002611
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • September 1, 2021
    ...recover for all injuries, past and prospective , which arose and will arise from the defendant's tortious activity." Haltiwanger v. Barr , 258 S.C. 27, 32, 186 S.E.2d 819, 821 (1972) (emphases added) (quoting 22 Am. Jur. Damages § 27 ). "Thus, recovery must be had for future pain and suffer......
  • Benjamin v. Shaw, Civil Action No.: 4:15-cv-05110-RBH
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 4th Circuit. United States District Court of South Carolina
    • July 28, 2017
    ...recover for all injuries, past and prospective, which arose and will arise from the defendant's tortious activity." Haltiwanger v. Barr, 258 S.C. 27, 32, 186 S.E.2d 819, 821 (1972). "Thus, recovery must be had for future pain and suffering, and for thePage 14 reasonable value of medical ser......
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