INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Court of Appeals will not adjust the monetary damages awarded in a LaPorte County case after a juror claimed the jury got its math wrong.
According to the anonymous juror, the jury in the auto accident trial intended to award Martha Sienkowski $336,300.
But on its verdict form, the jury awarded the woman $207,600, which was reduced by the jury's determination that Sienkowski was 38 percent at fault, producing an award of $128,712.
In an affidavit, the juror said the jury "had trouble trying to figure out the verdict form" and "completed it as best as we could." Judge Kathleen Lang eventually helped the jury with its multiplication in open court.
The juror claimed the jury believed the reduced amount would be added to the $336,300 they intended to award.
In a 3-0 decision, the appeals court ruled Sienkowski was only entitled to $128,712, as that was the amount on the jury's verdict form and no one objected when it was read.
The court said permitting individual jurors to claim after trial that a jury intended to do something different would result in endless litigation.