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Kevin Bryant, a salesperson at an auto dealership, was in the passenger seat of a car when Lori Parr, who was testing driving the car, made an illegal left turn, and the car was struck by a car driven by Robert Rimrodt. Bryant filed this lawsuit against Parr and Rimrodt, alleging that their negligence caused his personal injuries. The jury returned a special verdict finding Parr ninety-five percent at fault and Bryant five percent at fault. The jury initially awarded Bryant nearly $17,000 in past medical expenses but zero for pain and suffering. The parties agreed that the verdict was inconsistent, and the jury was instructed to resume deliberations to resolve the inconsistency. The jury subsequently awarded one dollar for pain and suffering but left the rest of the verdict unchanged. The court of appeals affirmed, concluding that the one dollar award remedied any inconsistency. The Supreme Court vacated the decision of the court of appeals and reversed the judgment of the district court, holding that the award of one dollar for pain and suffering was inconsistent with the award of nearly $17,000 for medical expenses incurred for the diagnosis and treatment of pain, and the inconsistency required a new trial. Remanded for a new trial on damages.