NEW YORK – A jury on Thursday awarded $5.46 million to a woman who was trapped underground and injured when terrorists detonated a car bomb beneath the World Trade Center in 1993.
The state Supreme Court jury awarded the money to Linda Nash, 65, of Durango, Colo., for earnings lost when she could not return to work because of brain damage and emotional problems and for her past and future pain and suffering, plus 3 1/2 years of accrued interest.
Nash's lawyer, Louis Mangone, said the total would be more than $7 million for the interest counted since October 2005, when a jury found the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, owners of the trade center, were liable for injuries that resulted from the explosion.
The jury found that trade center officials had ignored their own security reports and should have been better prepared for a terrorist attack. An appeals court agreed, making the two-state agency financially liable for injuries.
Mangone said: "I'm very happy that it's over after 16 years. I told my client and she's also happy that this is over."
The Port Authority has 60 days to file a motion to reduce or set aside the verdict.
Nash had parked her car in the garage under the trade center's Vista Hotel when terrorists set off an explosives-laden van, killing six people and wounding 1,000. Firefighters who were looking for a colleague that had fallen into the six-story deep bomb crater found Nash buried in debris.
Mangone said Nash suffers post-traumatic stress syndrome, has memory problems and has been unable to hold a job. Nash has said she was fired from her position as a benefits and compensation specialist in 1994 because she was unable to function.