Hit a cow, collect $1.3 million


Who knew hitting a cow on an interstate would be so lucrative? One guy who collided with a cow was awarded over 1 million bucks.

ABC affiliate WTNH reports Stefan Lapkowski was driving on Interstate 395 in Montville, Connecticut, when he hit a roaming cow. The bovine was said to have broken through a fence and bolted onto the highway.

Lapkowski was treated by — get this — Dr. Hamburger. Not only that, when suing for damages, a prospective jury member with the last name Burger was released “for personal reasons.”

Lapkowski sued for lost wages and medical bills; he claims the incident left him with post-traumatic stress disorder. In the end, he was awarded $1.3 million.

The defendant in the case appealed the settlement, noting the jury spent less than an hour deliberating. They wrote in their request filing that the million-dollar settlement “of noneconomic damages is not supported by the evidence” and accused the jury of being potentially corrupted or prejudiced.


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