Jeremy Mayfield has to pay $1 million to a mail carrier who was bitten by his dogs
Since his exit from NASCAR in 2009, not much has gone right for former driver Jeremy Mayfield. His list of issues grew on Wednesday when a North Carolina judge awarded a postal carrier $1 million at his expense. The postal worker, Mary Bolton, filed a lawsuit against Mayfield and his wife last June after being attacked by the Mayfields’ dogs on their property in April of 2011.
According to the lawsuit that Sporting News outlined for us, Bolton suffered physical and mental injuries in addition to emotional and psychological anguish. Her attorney says she suffered nerve damage in her left arm after being attacked by the pit bull/labrador mixes and still has trouble gripping and holding things. He also said Bolton has been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder from the incident.
Mayfield initially offered to pay for Bolton’s medical expenses and told the told the Winston-Salem Journal that he is sorry for what happened, but that his house is far enough away from the street where it has never been an issue.
“I’m far off the road to not get messed with,” Mayfield explained. “My dogs never left that property, yet I’ve got a $1 million judgment against me.”
The judge set the $1 million amount based on medical expenses, lost wages, losing use in her left arm, and emotional distress. Mayfield never contested the suit and, as Sporting News pointed out, he still owes over $2 million for loans, legal fees, surveying fees, and taxes. His property was recently foreclosed on and he is facing 19 criminal felony charges in North Carolina. To summarize, things are not going well for Jeremy Mayfield.
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