$2 Million Awarded After Slip & Fall By Ice Machine
A woman has won nearly $2 million after she filed a slip and fall lawsuit against a convenience store.
Lawsuit Alleges Property Owner Knew Ice Bins Allowed Water To Pool
According to the legal complaint, in December 2016, the plaintiff visited USA Grocers to purchase soda. The soda was near ice bins and when the plaintiff walked by the bins, her foot came into contact with water, causing her to slip.
When she fell, the plaintiff landed on both her right hand and her tailbone. She knew immediately that something was horribly wrong and her husband took her to the ER. At the ER, doctors diagnosed her with two herniated discs, a torn rotator cuff, a lumbar injury, and nerve damage. Over the past several years, she has had to undergo multiple surgeries, spinal injections, and physical therapy. Additionally, she is expected to require additional surgeries in the future.
At the time of the accident, she was just 47-years-old.
The plaintiff alleged that the owner of the store knew that the ice bins allowed for water accumulation, yet there were no anti-slip mats, warning signs, or other steps taken to prevent her accident. She noted that another customer had also fallen in the same spot nearly a year before.
The plaintiff also commented that immediately after her fall, the manager mopped up the water and put wet floor signs out – signs that were not up at the time of her accident.
The case went to trial and a jury sided completely with the plaintiff, awarding her $1,930,704.
Are All Slip & Fall Accidents Worth Millions?
No, not all slip and fall accidents are worth millions. When an award or settlement is determined, the amount that a plaintiff obtains is intended to restore them to the condition they were in prior to the accident.
Although many serious injuries make this physically impossible, medical treatments can be administered to provide relief. So ideally, an award or settlement will provide compensation for all past and future medical expenses. It will also ideally cover any lost wages, physical pain and suffering, and emotional trauma.
Since no two plaintiffs suffer the exact same losses, the amounts obtained will be specific to their case.
Can I Be Partially Responsible For My Slip & Fall Accident?
Yes, it is possible to be partially responsible for your slip and fall accident. What this means is that you should have taken steps to avoid the hazard which caused you to fall. For example, often a defendant argues that a plaintiff should have been watching where they were going.
While this can be true, it doesn’t mean that you aren’t owed significant compensation. To learn more about what your case may be worth, contact our law firm now.
What Information Will My Attorney Need?
Part of our job is collecting evidence that will support your claim. However, it’s important to help us with that process. The following are all examples of evidence that could be crucial to your case:
- Medical Records
- Photographs Of The Scene
- Photographs Of Your Injuries
- Paperwork From Insurance Companies
- The Contact Information Of Any Witnesses
It’s also important to keep a journal of dates, times, names, and notes about any conversations you’ve had with the property owner or a representative.
Philly Slip & Fall Is Here For You
Choosing an attorney is hard and is a very personal choice. At Philly Slip & Fall Guys, our lawyers are happy to answer any questions you may have about our experience and past successes.
We only practice slip and fall law, so that we can focus entirely on one type of law. If there has been any update to the law, you can rest easy knowing we are up to speed. Let us handle your case so that you can focus on what is most important – healing from your injuries.