Plaintiff's Counsel Christian Foster Esq Terry Garmey
& Associates LLC.
Defendant Timothy Stafford.
D. Warren Justice, Superior Court.
court held a hearing on June 8 and 20, 2017 in the
above-captioned case to consider the damages to be awarded to
plaintiff Coriander Porter for future medical expenses, pain
and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life,
and punitive damages. Ms. Porter was represented by counsel.
Defendant Timothy Stafford represented himself.
for compensatory and punitive damages was previously
determined based on Porter's unopposed motion for summary
court finds as follows:
Porter is entitled to $10, 000 for future therapy to address
the emotional trauma she experienced.
Porter did not receive any significant physical injury in the
assault. She is entitled to $2, 500 for physical pain and
suffering inflicted by the assault.
Notwithstanding the absence of significant physical injury,
the court finds credible the testimony of Ms. Porter that she
suffered extreme and severe emotional distress at the time of
the assault. She feared for her life then and frequently
relives that experience and that fear now.
court also finds credible the testimony of Ms. Porter and the
other witnesses her counsel presented that the assault by
Stafford - against the backdrop of a relationship that had
become increasingly emotionally abusive and marked by threats
of violence as Ms. Porter began to extricate herself - has
had an extremely severe and lasting psychological effect on
Ms. Porter, resulting even two and one-half years after the
assault in significant changes in her personality, anxiety,
hypervigilance, self-imposed isolation and withdrawal, and
inability to engage in activities that used to provide her
with joy and satisfaction.
These effects are continuing. The evidence with respect to
Ms. Porter's prior life suggests that she is a
sufficiently strong person and has sufficient resilience to
eventually put this behind her, but that has not happened yet
and will not happen in the immediate future.
Accordingly, Ms. Porter is awarded $185, 000 in damages for
past, present, and future emotional distress and loss of
enjoyment of life.
Porter has previously been awarded $7800 in compensatory
damages for past medical expenses and lost earnings. Adding
that amount to the compensatory damages determined above, Ms.
Porter is awarded a total of $ 205, 300 in compensatory
noted above, Mr. Stafford has previously been found to have
engaged in conduct that was either malicious or so outrageous
that malice may be presumed, entitling Ms. Porter to punitive
damages. All the evidence at the damages hearing reinforced a
finding by clear and convincing evidence that the conduct was
sufficiently malicious and outrageous to warrant punitive