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Beagle v. Vasold

Supreme Court of California
417 P.2d 673 (1966)


Facts

Carl Beagle (plaintiff) and two other occupants of a vehicle driven by Kenneth Vasold were seriously injured when the car went over an embankment while rounding a curve. Kenneth was killed in the accident. Beagle filed suit against Elizabeth Vasold, Kenneth’s representative, and others (defendants), seeking approximately $61,000 in damages for his injuries. The trial court prohibited Beagle’s attorney from representing the value or amount of general damages sought by Beagle either in terms of a total sum or a specific sum for a specific time segment (called a per diem). The trial court informed Beagle’s counsel that the per-diem argument was not permitted, because it could be viewed by the jury as evidence. The jury held for Beagle and awarded him damages of $1,719.48. Beagle appealed.

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