Bridezilla Hit By Faulty Disco Ball – $250,000 Case (Full Episode) | Injury Court

Bridezilla Hit By Faulty Disco Ball – $250,000 Case (Full Episode) | Injury Court

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This isPersonal Injury Court. Good day, everyone.
This is the matter
ofRyman v. Harris.From the court documents, Ms. Ryman,
it’s my understanding that you are suing Ms. Harris for injuries that
you sustained at a party. You’re asking this court
to award you $10,000
in past medical expenses, $15,000 for
future medical expenses, $75,000 for
the cost of the party, and $150,000
for pain and suffering, for a total
of $250,000,
is that correct? Yes, Your Honor. And Ms. Harris, your position
based on your court papers is that this
is not your fault. You did what
you were paid to do. This is her fault
for bringing balloons. That is 100% correct,
Your Honor. Okay, folks,
let’s get into the legal sauce. Ms. Ryman, tell me
what led up to this, uh, party. Your Honor, 20 years ago,
my husband and I
got married in a courthouse. -[Judge Brogdon]
-Thank you. Straight out of high school,
we had nothing, and we promised
each other that in 20 years, we would have
the wedding of our dreams. -So this was
gonna be a big deal.
-[Ryman] Yes. It was supposed to be,
and it really was
until the accident. Now what makes
up a dream wedding?
What did you have planned? [Ryman] We had
the most perfect cake,beautiful flowers,
horse and buggy,
just like Cinderella.
-[Judge Brogdon]
Horse and buggy?
Look at it,
it’s just perfect.Look, I never even got
to ride in that, Your Honor.
[Judge Brogdon]
You didn’t ride in
the horse and buggy?
I went off in an ambulance.
-[Judge Brogdon]Okay.
-[audience exclaiming] So tell me
what else happened that led you
to get to these folks
to plan your wedding. Why’d you pick them? Well, my friend,
who I trusted, referred me to
this person right here, and her reviews
were really good. But she must have done
trailer-park weddings. -[audience exclaiming]
-That’s probably
why they were good. [Judge Brogdon] At least
based on the reviews, you thought
you had the right person. Yeah, I thought I did. I can see
this is important to you. Very. I’m so…
I’m– I’m just beyond upset. [Judge Brogdon] Yes, ma’am. So you invited
guests and family. How many folks
were gonna be
at this wedding? Two-hundred people.
I had family and friends
from all over the world fly in. And this dream
anniversary party ends up
turning into a nightmare. It was
an absolute disaster. -[Judge Brogdon]
So, Ms. Harris, uh…
-Yes, Your Honor. Your events don’t usually
turn out like this, right? No, Your Honor,
they don’t. I’ve been in business
for over a decade. I have a stellar reputation. You are the professional. I am the professional
and that’s why
people come to me. That’s why
I have great reviews. That’s why
people are referred to me. You have to book my calendar
at least a year– So you’re really
highly sought after. [Ryman] Yeah,
at what trailer park? So, she’s actually lucky
she got on my calendar. Tell me this, what goes
into party planning?
What do you do? I put a lot of time,
effort and love -into making sure
her day went perfectly.
-Please! Oh, she was–
She argued with me
about everything. -[Ryman] She–
-What kinds of things
were you all fighting about? Do you– Have you ever
heard the term “bridezilla”? [Judge Brogdon]
Uh, yes, ma’am. Isn’t that her job? Bridezilla! She makes
Bridezilla look calm. Well, give me an example.
What made her a bridezilla?
What was she doing? -She rejected every plan I had.
-[Judge Brogdon] Okay. -She didn’t like–
-Orange flowers. -Orange flowers.
-[Harris] Because that’s
the color scheme she wanted! But tell me this, though,
isn’t it “The customer
is always right”? -To a point, yes.
-Okay. I was hired by her
to do a job, which I did. -[Judge Brogdon] Yes, ma’am.
-No, she didn’t. I can’t necessarily continue
to argue with Bridezilla. This wasn’t
your first encounter -with an anxious bride, right?
-[Harris] No. No. But this was
a whole different level. She had to have
a horse and buggy… -Of course, I did. It’s my day.
I’m paying for it.
-[Harris] What is she, 12? But wait a minute,
in terms of these
special arrangements, that’s what
you get paid for. -Right?
-Of course. I do, yeah, but, from the beginning,
her ideas, they were tacky. -[audience exclaiming]
-You’re tacky! So, but… But do you
get to judge that, though? -Well, when you hire me–
-[Judge Brogdon] Isn’t
the customer always right? Well, Your Honor,
when you hire me
for my professional opinion, -and I give it to you–
-They’re supposed to take it? They’re supposed to listen.
I mean tacky is tacky. -[Ryman]
Professional opinion, please!
-You can’t buy class. [Judge Brogdon]
Ms. Ryman, until this case, I’d never heard
about wedding balloons. Tell me
what happened to you. So, Your Honor,
my husband and I,
we were doing the first dance. All eyes were on us.
It was the most
beautiful moment. And thinking back
on the years… -Everything,
and it was wonderful.
-Yes, ma’am. All of a sudden, I feel this
sharp pain on my head. And I’m on the floor… -Just out of the blue?
-Out of the blue. -[sobbing]
-Take your time,
take your time. I know
it’s important to you. I look down and my dress
is full of blood, there is blood
all over my face, just dripping, I don’t even
know where it’s coming from. Now, Ms. Harris,
you remember this incident? -Yes.
-[Judge Brogdon] Not
regarding who caused what, but you remember
blood on the dress,
this messy scene? Your Honor, it was
absolutely horrific. -And I–
-I imagine
you were frightened too. -[Harris] I was, and…
And I went to her aid.
-Please. -I helped her. Immediately.
-[Judge Brogdon] Immediately? I look up and I see my kids,
and they’re just
looking at me in terror. Your kids saw this? My kids–
My kids are so traumatized… And I look over,
and it’s a disco ball
on the floor! So… So, you’re lying there,
you’re covered with blood, your kids are watching.
What’s going through your head? I’m just thinking
I’m gonna die
in front of my kids. So, then what happened? I was just so scared
and uh, somebody called 911
and an ambulance came. I called 911, Your Honor. [sarcastically]
Yeah, thanks a lot! [Judge Brogdon]
That’s the right thing to do. I see this disco ball
that you got over here, uh, obviously, the one
that hit you came apart.
It crashed, right? Yes, Your Honor. This is about
the size of that disco ball? -[Ryman] Yes.
-[Harris] Yes, Your Honor. Okay, how heavy is that thing? -That disco ball.
-It’s around 15 pounds. Okay, and that’s what
fell on your head? Yeah. This whole thing boils down to her not listening
to my professional advice. -This is her responsibility.
-[Judge Brogdon] What was
your professional advice? She came to me
wanting balloons,
and I told her no. “No balloons,
we’re not doing–” Why can I not have balloons
at my own wedding, Your Honor? Because it was
going to look like a circus. With my name on this, I didn’t want a tacky… -Tacky is your name.
-…event to be attached to me. Balloons are for kids. What did you tell her
to let her know
it’s not a good idea? Well, I submitted
a design to her,
beautifully done. -It was hideous.
-[Judge Brogdon] I think
that’s in your court papers. -[Harris] Yes, sir, it is.
-[Judge Brogdon]
This is the design. Uh, tell me about this.
How– What… Why should
this mean something today? [Harris]That’s correct,
because you’ll notice that
the disco ball is
in the middle of the floor.
And then
we have the tables.
So, you will notice
there are no balloons
whatsoever in my diagram. So the balloons were tacky, but the disco ball
wasn’t tacky? -Right. Exactly.
-Well, you know, Your Honor, you have to pick
and choose your battles. I’m choosing ’70s flavor
over a kid’s birthday party. Now, Ms. Ryman,
what actually
happened to your face? All I see is
a bandage on your neck. -[Ryman] Look, Your Honor,
I have a scar.
-[Judge Brogdon] Okay. [Ryman]And I’m gonna
have to have
plastic surgery to fix that.
So that’s why you’re asking
this court for $15,000
for future medical expenses. Yes, Your Honor. And your past
medical expenses of 10,000 are for the treatment
you’ve already had. -Yes.
-[Judge Brogdon] Okay. I also see in your papers that
you sustained a concussion. What was that like? I was nauseous,
I was throwing up. I have constant migraines.
I can barely move my neck. It reminds me
of my old football days. I never ran into
a disco ball, but I had plenty concussions,
so I understand this. I can’t even be
a part of my kids’ lives now. Yeah, this’ll hurt
the mommy time. So, Ms. Ryman, you talked about
the blood going down
your face onto your dress. [sobbing] Your Honor,
this was… [Judge Brogdon]
You brought the dress? This was my dress. Okay, that’s a beautiful dress -despite the stains.
-This was my grandmother’s. This was
my grandmother’s dress and it was my wish
to give it to my daughter, and now it’s ruined,
it’s destroyed. She’s lucky she doesn’t
have to wear that now. -Shut up!
-[audience exclaiming] She should thank you. So, why are you
not responsible for this? This happened on your watch, with your planning,
at your event,
and you’re the professional. Tell me why
this is not your fault. Well, the reason
it’s not my fault is because the balloons
are what caused this accident. She wanted the balloons
around the disco ball. Horrible idea. You actually submitted
to the court an exhibit regarding the disco ball. Could you go over there
and explain to me how
you believe this happened? Yes, Your Honor. So, Your Honor,
you’ll see the disco ball, and you see the balloons
with the streamers hanging
from the balloons. -[Judge Brogdon] Okay.
-What happened with that is the tacky balloons here
and their streamers, the streamers got caught
in the chain of the disco ball. It kept wrapping around
and wrapping around
and wrapping around, eventually binding,
causing the disco ball to fall. [Judge Brogdon] So this was
a disaster waiting to happen. It was because of
the tacky balloons. Tacky, tacky, tacky. -This is unbelievable.
-[Harris] To make
matters worse– Now, Ms. Ryman,
when you look
at this animation, uh, it is kinda common sense
that balloons will get into an argument
with that disco ball. It says here
in the court papers that the reason
why you wanted balloons is to honor your father.That was kind of
his trademark gift
to friends and family.
-Is that right?
-[sobbing] Yeah. [Judge Brogdon] Okay,
that’s a beautiful thing. But then mom comes in with even more balloons. You know there’s
the crazy cat ladies? -Sure.
-I think she’s
the crazy balloon lady. [audience laughs] -[Judge Brogdon] You may
return back to the podium.
-Thank you. -[Judge Brogdon]
Mom is here, right?
-Yes, Your Honor. Ms. Patterson,
could you stand up please? I wanna hear from you,
if you’ll step to the podium. Thank you, Your Honor. State your name
for the record. I’m Irma Patterson. I’m also
known as Mama Balloon. [Judge Brogdon] “Mama Balloon.” -Mama Balloon.
-That’s a very
fitting name, Your Honor. So, you wanted the balloons? -I did. This has been…
-[Judge Brogdon]
And lots of them. …a family tradition. As she was saying,
we did this in honor
of my late husband. -Yes, ma’am. A tribute to him.
-[Patterson] Yes.Every event we have,
we have balloons.
[Judge Brogdon]
So your husband,
Sam, and your dad,
he’s always present
when the balloons are present.
[Patterson]Yes, sir.You know, put a few
in a little arrangement
on one of the tables. Write dad’s name
on one of them,
whatever we need to do. [Judge Brogdon] That–
That wouldn’t have been
enough of a tribute. -You are rude.
-No, no, Your Honor. Now, you showed up
with what sounds like
a lot more balloons than they anticipated. Why? She had gotten balloons
but not what we had asked for. So I ordered 300 more balloons
and had them delivered. -[Judge Brogdon]
Three-hundred more balloons?
-Yes, sir. Your Honor, basically,
mom caused the accident. She should be
suing her mother
instead of me. -When you bring 300 in there–
-That’s a lot of balloons. [Harris] You couldn’t even
see the disco ball. Listen, if Matt was
holding on to that, it probably would
pick his 275-pound frame up. With 300 balloons,
it’d be like Matty Poppins
or something. [all laughing] So, Ms. Patterson, you brought 300 more balloons.
Did you tell them in advance? -[Patterson] I did not.
-Why not? It was going to be
a surprise for my daughter. This was a magic event. -[Judge Brogdon] Trying to…
-This was the most
magical event of her life. -And I wanted it to be–
-It’s a shame you ruined it. You ruined it. -Oh, hush.
-You ruined it. You ought to be
ashamed of yourself. Yeah, you should
have known better.
This is your job. Mmm-hmm, and I tried to do it,
but you all would not listen
to my advice. -[Ryman] You never said
it would be hazardous.
-[Judge Brogdon bangs gavel] [Judge Brogdon]
Talk to me. I mean, you just
kind of have to throw your hands up
at some point because Bridezilla and Momzilla had not been listening to
a word I said the whole time. I wanna understand,
’cause it looks
like, you know, a party favor. [stammers] I– It’s still tough
to understand how
it caused all these injuries. We’re gonna bring in
Ms. Katie Lowrie. She’s a physics expert
who’s gonna tell us the physics
of how this happened. -Sheriff Matt,
will you get Ms. Lowrie?
-[Matt] Sure will. -Ms. Lowrie, welcome.
-Thank you. Can you talk about
the forces at play
with this ball falling? Yes, so it’s all about
the energy transfer. -[Judge Brogdon] Okay.
-It’s all about how much
energy was transferred from the disco ball
which we know weighs 15 pounds,and the plaintiff’s head
which was approximately
15 feet below the disco ball.
We find,
using that information,
that the velocity
of the speed of the ball
as it hit her head
was 21 miles an hour.So what that means for us is
we can calculate the energy that was absorbed
by her head– Like a car going
21 miles an hour,
that kind of miles an hour? -Yes, yes, absolutely.
-Okay. And we can use
our kinetic energy formula, one-half our mass, M,
times our velocity, V-squared,and we find that
the amount of energy
that was transferred to her
was 221 foot-pounds of energy. -Almost like
Matt falling on her head.
-Yes. [audience gasping] -Ms. Lowrie, thank you
so much for your testimony.
-Thank you. Parties, I think
I’ve heard enough. I’m ready
to make my decision. [applause] [applause] Folks, in every
personal injury case,
there are three elements. That is someone did
something wrong, and that wrong
caused your harm. Here you clearly are harmed, and your harm was caused
by this disco ball falling. So, Ms. Ryman, this very
special day turned out
to be a tragic day. -Yes.
-You designed this event. You and your mom
planned on this big
tribute to your dad. You and your husband
and your family
were gonna celebrate these 20 years of marriage, and it turned out to be–
Instead of riding
in a horse and buggy, you rode away
in an ambulance, -and that’s not how
it’s supposed to turn out.
-[Ryman] No. Ms. Harris,
you are the professional… and they should not
have had balloons.
They insisted on it and the mom even
surprised you
with 300 balloons, which made
this kind of thing more likely, and more importantly
from your perspective, -not your fault.
-That’s correct, Your Honor. The evidence in this case
is rather perplexing because it’s kind of
a perfect storm of things. Mama Balloon,
I love that title. She admitted that
she surprised Ms. Harris trying to surprise you. A beautiful thing, but a beautiful thing
that heightened
the chance of danger and a bad outcome. Ms. Ryman, I find that
your mother is responsible
for your injuries. [audience exclaiming] No, no, no. But she’s not
the only one responsible. Ms. Harris, I find that
you are the backstop of safety. When you saw
all these balloons, you could have said, “Stop.” [Harris] I tried, Your Honor. Because you didn’t,
this happened. But the both of you
contributed to
this very tragic outcome. In that regard, I find that
you are 75% negligent, and your mom
contributed 25% to the fall. Here, you’ve asked this court
to find for you in the amount
of $250,000. In light of your
mother’s responsibility
for your injuries, I’m giving you 75% of that. I’m going to award to you
and against Ms. Harris $187,500. That is my final decision, and this matter is adjourned. [applause] [Patterson] Yes! [Judge Brogdon]
Our Attorneys Across America
just viewed this case
for the first time.
Let’s hear what
Gary Martin Hays has to say.
The physics expert
provided critical testament for the plaintiff. She showed the severity
of the impact that the disco ball
had on the plaintiff’s head. It equaled 221 pounds
of force at the instant of impact. This was a concentrated force
hitting the plaintiff’s skull. Often times, an expert witness
can be the difference between losing your case or taking home
millions of dollars. [applause continues]

100 thoughts on “Bridezilla Hit By Faulty Disco Ball – $250,000 Case (Full Episode) | Injury Court”

  1. I don’t agree with this verdict AT ALL!!! But then I haven’t watched many yet that I DO agree with!! Is this all for hype? 🙄

  2. What a fake show, first if this is a party planner for a decade her attitude is terrible and the plaintiff is so fake, they slapped a foam neck brace and a new bandage on her

  3. This judge is completely wrong you cant stop this mom and daughter from bringing in 300 ballons what was the lady going to do snap the ballons out her hand????? He doesnt need to do this show

  4. I don’t like theses rulings. The defendant clearly stated she advised against the balloons several times but was ambushed with 300 of them the day of. So how is it her fault?

  5. I don't know but all these cases the plaintiff's bandages are always so fresh asf as if they got injured 2 hours before walking into the courtroom.
    I'm not saying that's what it is but I call bullishit!

  6. And why daphuq this judge always asking the defendant or plaintiff a question and then answering it himself?
    Always putting words in the people's mouth.

    I call bullishit!!

  7. What???

    This would never fly in a real court totally ridiculous.

    If the lady was sueing for not paying for the venu i could hear an argument made as it was her machine that hit her in the head. But someone else brings something unsafe into a party hall how can the party planner be heald accountable.

    I do not feel justice was served.

  8. This some sugar honey ice tea! Please! The party planner told her no balloon and the she customer didnt listen. Why hire a party planner if you not gonna listen to what they telling you. The expert witness did not shed any light on what took place. She only confirmed the ball fell….duh! How much more clearer can the planner be by saying no balloons, but her MOTHER decided to surprise her daughter IN MEMORY of her dad. If I was the party planner I would fight this in front of another judge. The mother only 25% is just madness. She is 100% to blame….period. Outside of making a complete scene at the wedding the party planner could not control the customer doing what they want to do anyway DESPITE paying an event planner for the EXPERT OPINION. I dont know what cases testimony this judge been listening to get to his findings. smh Someone need to give the plaintiff a acting role. She scratching at that brace cause her neck irritated for having to wear it so long in court. lol Talking about plastic surgery on her forehead….please. This plaintiff just made a come up. I bet all those medical bills covered by insurance.

  9. oh girl just have the dress cleaned!!! But i guess when you are trying to win that "MONEY"you make everything seem like a sad case!!!! lol

  10. The defendant is so full of herself, despising people's tastes just because they are not hers. IT WASN'T HER WEDDING!! Why destroying people's dreams and forcing them to PAY for a wedding they can't even decide if they want fu**ing balloons or not? What have balloons even do to that harpy? If I want a tacky wedding IT'S MY RIGHT and it's OK if I'm happy and content with it. If you don't want to help me to realize my dreams, DON'T TAKE MONEY FROM ME! Let respectful people with an open mind take your place. That bride deserved the wedding of all her dreams, she is the one who was paying! That's just horrible.

  11. Wach my dress…crying…the planner:your daughter is lucky she ll never wear it
    Haha.I love the planner.That neck round weird is crazy with her balloons..

  12. Honestly this is worse judge I’ve seen I think she should take the case to a better judge the mother and the daughter is 109 to 200%responsible

  13. The judge should have said other way around. It is if they were bringing in more balloons. She should have told them the disco ball must come down. She didn't think of it. It is 25% her fault. 75% the plaintiffs mothers fault for bring more balloons.

  14. This judge gives judges a bad name. Hopefully i never have to be in his court unless i know i am wrong and want money anyhow.

  15. The party planners insurers should cover her liabilities but for any professional watching the judge said, never let the client take over. The injury happened because she only protested, she should have insisted.A lot of you are annoyed at the decision but it's the right one.

  16. All of these cases are ridiculous.. If I'm paying a wedding planner to help me with my wedding, regardless of what she thinks, she is to do what I tell her to do if she wants to be paid. I'm not paying for her opinion, but to make my desires happen. Period!.

  17. This show is totally fake. Every episode seems so staged, it's ridiculous. The amounts are outlandish. The screaming and yelling is fake. There is no empathy, the bandages, slings, braces, etc is FAKE. Reality TV is more real than this.

  18. "Viewers shouldnt consider or rely upon any ruling"
    Dont they know most of us watch this on our phones with small screens lol Make that print bigger and see how many subscribers they lose cause it's faker than star trek🤭

  19. Ive never seen a worst wedding planner in my life. no matter the verdict in this case or who was at fault, I hope no one ever hires her…..She is rude and was being very very rude in court. The BRIDE determines what type of wedding she wants and it looked to be beautiful, not like this planner stated, calling it trailer park wedding..shame on her!!!

  20. The planner wasn’t at fault in this case. I’m shocked at this decision. She told her no balloons and they went against her and now she has to pay because she’s the professional??? Nah this isn’t fair

  21. The mother should be most responsible cause if the lady say no and they only want wat they want she should not had was to pay most the money she should not even pay ntn at all I really feel it for her..and am vex ah nah

  22. The professional party planner shouldnt have to pay this ungrateful woman. She should appeal it. And now she needs to change her clause. It now needs to say, "if you do not agree with any of my arrangements and decide to accommodate things at your own leisure without telling me, I am not responsible for any damgages/injuries. And I would like you to sign a waiver stating that you do not want to use my ideas etc" this is ridiculous

  23. This show is the worst. I have tried to give it a shot. The judge is biased. I have yet to see a case where the defendant wins.

  24. Thats BS… APPEAL this case! The second the planner said "dont bring in those balloons" her negligence should have been absolved bcs it was obliously the balloons that caused the ball to drop.

  25. She says she can barely move her neck but she has no problem moving at all over the place when she is a yelling at the defendant

  26. I think the defendant is ruining her own reputation with her behavior and attitude. She doesn't need plaintiffs tacky ideas as proof

  27. "i can barely move my neck" meanwhile shes standing there constantly shaking her head which is moving her neck. i agree both were at fault, but she was so up-playing the injuries.

  28. Why is the planner responsible when the mom surprised them with 300 more ballons of accident …it’s not like the planner could shut the wedding down and send everyone home …it’s so frustrating and annoying that I can only watch and can’t do anything. They should have a group of civilians do a vote on who is at fault and not just have one man pass judgement

  29. Ummmmmm no, she didn’t want a disco ball at all anyway, if it was straight balloons nothing would have happened. The mother isn’t responsible. That women is clearly rude and insensitive and over opinionated.

  30. This is my third case watching and Im out. Fake and lousy acting and that judge I dont like his acting either! Bye bye gotta remove this show

  31. Judge needs a disco ball dropped on his head for that ruling! 100%mom's fault..If he felt like he needed to side with the bride for some strange reason.. then 75% moms fault and 25% planners..smdh 🤦🔘

  32. I totally disagree with the Judge! Without the balloons the ball would not fall . When with clients that don’t listen and being more balloons 🎈 to the Wedding makes matters worse. She just stopped fighting that family. No one knew that balloons would or could the accident. Therefore the bride and mother caused the ball to fall . She kept bring more balloons. 200 more 😳🎤 I don’t know if I like this show or not?

  33. Balloons at a reception is perfectly normal decor.

    The wedding planner put up what the venue could handle. The mother brought in the extra balloons.. The extra balloons over filled the room, the extra balloons were the problem. Mom is responsible.
    It should have been the other way around – 75% mothers fault. 25% the wedding planner.
    The extra balloons were the problem.

    Where she got hit during a dance and the groom didn’t get hurt?
    No, so fake.

  34. A lot of ppl may find the ruling unfair but you have to know the law to know the law. What may seem unfair is really based on the law so do your research first.

  35. This is total bs She’s going to look Ridiculous trying to start the mother of the bride by going extra mile than she already did The judgement was unfair

  36. Is this how our system works? Who is the best actor? These verdicts are rediculous! Mama balloon should be paying.

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