Florida lawyer George Vallario Jr., 76, has taken a case before a jury that could be a first of its kind. Vallario has alleged that his former friend and fellow lawyer Peter Lindley, 59, is guilty of a negligent handshake that left him seriously injured. Lindley apparently shook his friend’s hand at a child’s birthday party, but Vallario insists that the shake was “unexpected, unprovoked, uninvited, unauthorized, uncalled for, and most certainly negligent.”
The complaint alleges that
“Upon entering [the home], plaintiff was approached by the defendant who grabbed the plaintiff’s right hand without any reason, provocation or warning of any kind, with such ferocity, force, strength, and violence, that the plaintiff immediately shouted out and was in severe pain.”
There is no scientific source on the reasonable pounds per square inch or torque of a reasonable handshake. However, Vallario believes that, whatever that standard may be, Lindley violated it with his forceful shake.
Vallario said that he experienced intense pain and has pictures of an extensive bruise on his hand. He claims that he experienced mental anguish and required medical treatment after the encounter at the party for his god-daughter’s 11-year-old twins.
Vallario says that his friend was showing off and that he sued only after Lindley failed to make a gesture of apology or sympathy.
He is suing for damages “in excess of” $15,000, plus interest and costs.