Foster v. Life Insurance Co. of Georgia

In Foster v. Life Insurance Co. of Georgia, 656 So. 2d 333, 337 (Ala. 1994) the Court stated: "We recognize that mental anguish and emotional distress are not items for which a precise amount of damages can be assessed; thus, in considering whether a jury verdict for compensatory damages is excessive, we must view the evidence from the plaintiff's perspective and determine what the evidence supports in terms of the plaintiff's suffering." The Court then ordered a reduction of the mental-anguish compensatory damages in Foster from $ 250,000 to $ 50,000, noting that the plaintiff's suffering during the two months between the injury and the filing of the plaintiff's action could not justify an award exceeding $ 120,000 for each month.