Ever since the 1930 precedent of Johnson v. Franklin, it has been considered wrong for a jury to grant a plaintiff’s requested damages for economic losses, like hospital care and lost income, and to give the plaintiff nothing for the pain of an injury.

But an en banc panel of the state Supreme Court unanimously rejected that doctrine Feb. 15, in Thomas J. Wichers v. Willie Hatch, in which Johnson was expressly overruled.

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