Pennsylvania Court Rules $500,000 Limit Proper for Girl Run Over by Bus

By MARK SCOLFORO | November 24, 2014

Pennsylvania’s highest court is upholding a decision that reduced a jury award for a girl who was run over by a school bus in suburban Philadelphia from $14 million to $500,000.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said the $500,000 cap on damages applied to Ashley Zauflik, who lost her left leg and suffered other severe injuries when she was run over by a Pennsbury High School bus seven years ago.

State law makes most governmental entities immune from civil liability but permits damages of up to $500,000 for motor vehicle accidents.

Chief Justice Ronald Castille notes the law was previously upheld on appeal, and suggests it may be better for the Legislature to address the “complicated public policy questions.”

Zauflik’s lawyer says she’s disappointed but determined to change the law.

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