In what might be the first-ever case of its kind, a DUI incident has led the victim to seek compensation for her damaged luxury clothing. A Portland woman struck by a drunk driver at a crosswalk has filed suit seeking US$4,600 for the brand-name clothes and accessories she was wearing at the time; this is on top of $8,100 cost of her medical bills of course.
The Oregonian reported December 22 that Susan Layne sued in Multnomah County Circuit Court earlier this month. She says the crash not only left her with bruises, scratches and pain but destroyed a Chanel handbag, Prada boots and Burberry trench coat. Apart from the above-mentioned costs, Layne is also claiming compensation to the tune of $200,000 for her pain and suffering.
Several Portland attorneys said they have never had a client seek compensation for designer clothes, but it isn’t outside the realm of possibility. They say a crash victim with high-priced clothing would be entitled to payment much like someone whose car or laptop was damaged. Given that there are higher amounts in play for harm-done, not to mention higher moral stakes, most victims avoid claiming damages on clothing and such.
The items pictured here are from the Prada FW 2015 collection and serve only as illustrations; there is no information on what type of bag or shoes are involved in this case.