403 N.E.2d 391 (1980)
Defendant drivers collided in an intersection, and one became dazed and unknowingly let her foot slip from the brake to the gas pedal. She accelerated across the street and down a sidewalk, where she knocked down an electric light pole owned by defendant electric company. The pole struck plaintiff teenagers on the sidewalk. Both plaintiffs were injured and commenced actions against defendant drivers, which were consolidated, and defendant electric company was later joined. The jury returned verdicts against one defendant driver and defendant electric company, and defendant electric company appealed, arguing, inter alia, that the interest on the damage award should have been calculated from the date of its joinder.
- The court took the case on its own motion for appellate review, and affirmed.
- The court held that the interest was properly calculated from the date when the action was initiated because the statute was literal in its award of interest to compensate for the delay in plaintiffs' obtaining their money.
- The fact that defendant electric company was added later did not affect plaintiffs' entitlement to interest from the date of commencement of the action.
The court affirmed the judgment against defendant electric company and held that the interest on the damage award was properly calculated from the date when the action was initiated instead of the date defendant was joined as a party. The court held that the statute was to compensate plaintiffs for delay in obtaining their award, and the fact that defendant was added later did not affect their entitlement to the interest from commencement.
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