A San Mateo, Calif., jury has awarded more than $2.4 million to a woman injured by a pet cow at a feed store in 2016.
A longtime customer of Azevedo Feed store, Elvina Pereira went to the store on April 23, 2016, to buy hay for her horses. Store employee Heather Claitor invited Pereira to see the store’s pet cow, Holly, who had recently given birth to two calves.
Pereira followed Claitor into the pen, and Holly, a black Angus cow, began rubbing her head against Pereira’s leg, according to a report in The Mercury News, published in San Jose. But as Claitor approached the calves, Holly suddenly put her head down and charged Pereira, hitting her in the chest and pinning her against a post.
The mother of twin boys was rushed to Stanford Medical Center, where she spent two days in intensive care with two displaced and eight broken ribs. Pereira, who still suffers from neck and back pain that limits her activities, sued the Azevedo Corporation, owned by the Wilbur and Cecelia Azevedo Family Trust.
After two days of deliberation, the jury awarded Pereira $114,600 for past medical bills, $1.3 million for future medical expenses, $250,000 for past pain and suffering, and $750,000 for future pain and suffering for a total of $2,452,825.