$375,000.00 settlement for elderly client who fell in business parking lot
Our client left a restaurant after a meal to use the restroom. However, the restroom was located through an entrance on the outside of the business. The only access to the restroom was by walking through a part of the parking lot also designated for drive-thru business. My client walked slowly due to orthopedic problems. He felt the need to hurry because a car was approaching through the drive-thru. He did not realize that he needed to step up on a curb. The curb was not painted or otherwise marked. He stumbled on the curb and fell thereby fracturing his hip.
My client was hospitalized and underwent hip surgery. He recuperation was not good and he also developed a bed sore. He died soon after. We filed a general negligence claim and cited common law and building code violations. We also made a claim for wrongful death. We were able to obtain a settlement for my client's widow without having to file suit.
Altoona Woman settles for homeowner's insurance policy limit after falling on ice
My client was taking a walk with her husband in the month of December. The weather was clear and she took precautions against falling by wearing appropriate footwear. Near the end of their walk it began to snow. The snowfall covered a patch of ice on a sidewalk in front of a home. My client suffered a serious shoulder injury when she fell on the hidden ice. This necessitated a complex shoulder surgical repair.
The testimony of key witnesses helped this case to settle without filing suit. First, my client's husband confirmed that he and my client did not see any ice because of the snow that began a few minutes before the fall. Second, a neighbor came to the scene and confirmed that the ice was existing under the snow, and appeared to be "old ice" because it was dirty and jagged. Third, emergency responders confirmed that the ice was not visible to them yet they almost fell while attending to my client. Finally, another person familiar with this sidewalk stated that the homeowner did not regularly shovel or clear ice during the winter months.
We were able to obtain the insurance policy limit for this homeowner without having to file suit.
Spinal injuries for Roaring Spring man after falling off metal rack
My client was operating his truck and went to the defendant's location to pick up a load of asphalt to take to a jobsite. He pulled up alongside a metal rack that was approximately 8-9 feet above the ground. The rack existed so that drivers could access the tarps on their trucks. My client climbed the metal steps but the walking surface on the top deck was slippery due to the defendant's negligence. My client was standing on the rack and, while reaching for the tarp on the top of his truck, he fell to the ground below and landed on railroad ties located underneath the rack. He suffered a lumbar fracture and a cervical strain and sprain. We needed to file a lawsuit and engage in discovery. After numerous depositions the case settled out of court.
Client settles against business owner due to unseen ice on sidewalk
My client was returning to his apartment during the early evening hours. He slipped and fell on ice that had formed on the sidewalk in front of the business next door. Immediately upon falling, another person approached my client, and was about to warn him of the ice. This other person had just fallen himself, and he unfortunately delivered the warning to my client too late.
Slip and fall cases during winter months are very difficult to prove. However, the business owner was negligent because water was running down the side of the building and onto the sidewalk because of a faulty downspout. According to another neighbor, the water would freeze, thaw, and refreeze, but my client was unaware. My client missed about two months from work and underwent carpal tunnel surgery. The insurance company for the business settled the claim for this artificial condition.
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