Philadelphia Injury News

Slip-and fall news for 2013

A cool amount of 1.3 million dollars will be awarded to a victim corresponding to a slip-and-fall lawsuit filed against Wal-mart. Tom Papakalodoukas, 41 years old residing in Florida, was holding a water bottle while shopping in Wal-Mart at Port St. Lucie, Fla.

While browsing at the aisle, he stepped on a Gatorade sign that fell from the display. He had a violent fall that tore a tendon in his right bicep. The victim had to undergo three surgeries and was given a tendon tissue taken from a cadaver which was inserted in his arm.

The condition caused a development of a popeye deformity causing abnormal bulges on his arm.

With his legal counsel, he filed a lawsuit against this retail giant for being negligent in not attaching the Gatorade sign securely.

In return, Wal-Mart blamed the bottlers of Gatorade for providing low-quality plastic screws.

During the trial, plaintiff’s lawyer called on a Gatorade representative who said that if Wal-Mart staff had only placed the signs properly, it would not have come loose. In other words, it was the responsibility of Wal-Mart to have store signs to be securely screwed.

Surveillance cameras captured Papakalodoukas while he slipped and Wal-Mart employees throwing away the sign.

According to plaintiff’s attorney, her client has not been able to go back to work as a manager of a beverage company. He was also suffering from anxiety, depression and fear for his health and future security. Talking about finances, his surgeries amounted to over $200,000.

The all-female jury commiserated the plight of the victim and eased his anxieties by a verdict of $1.3 million. The jury placed 90 % of the blame to Wal-Mart.

Smiling lawyer of Papakalodoukas said that the jury included the existing and future medical expenses and lost wages when they decided on the amount of the verdict.

On January 30, a man from New Jersey sued a hotel in New Orleans after a slip when he was guest in the hotel on that occasion.

The plaintiff was identified as Albert Ripp who filed a suit against one of the downtown hotels, called The Hampton Inn. Aside from the suit against The Hampton Inn, the other defendants were the inn’s manager and insurer of the hotel. The lawsuit was filed in the District Parish Civil Court of the city.

The plaintiff was a guest on the top floor of the hotel on Nov. 25, 2011 when the accident occurred. Ripp stated that he slipped and fell in a puddle of water leaking from the roof of the building. Due to the fall, he sustained injuries.

The fall could not have been prevented if the hotel looked after the maintenance of its premises properly. The negligence portion enumerated the following: failure to provide proper drainage; allowing the hotel to fall into ruin; failure to abide by building’s safety codes, negligence in not providing safe area for guests, not giving warnings in dangerous areas and failure to repair the building.

A total amount of $75,000 in damages was claimed as compensation for severe injury of the head, mental anguish, suffering pain, incurring huge medical expenses, loss of the ability to enjoy life, residual disability and loss of future income.

.Division L Judge Kern A. Reese will be handling the case.

At long last, on January 30, Property Assessor of Roane County, David Morgan, was finally able to settle a slip-and-fall lawsuit he filed against a Center Far, Village.

In 2006, he filed a suit against the Center Farm Villages of L.P., where he alleged their responsibility for an ankle injury he suffered.

The case was scheduled for a trial on January 24 at the Roane County Circuit Court but it was settled a day ahead.

No results were made public but some insiders said that Morgan was made to pay the amount of $7 for court costs.

In the lawsuit filed by Morgan, he alleged that the village was responsible for his fall from a curb when he took out the garbage one night as the street lights were not working.

If you or a loved one has suffered due to negligence you may wish to consult with experienced Injury Lawyers. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Please note strict deadline apply and it is in your best interest to contact an attorney immediately.

Source: JD Supra Com

(http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/walmart-customer-falls-on-gatorade-sign-87718/)

Source: Louisiana Record Com

(http://louisianarecord.com/news/248780-man-sues-new-orleans-hotel-over-slip-and-fall)

Source: Roane County Com

(http://www.roanecounty.com/content/morgan-slip-fall-lawsuit-settled)

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Joel J. Kofsky has been successfully representing personal injury cases since 1991. He has assisted victims of car accidents, bike accidents, and slip and fall accidents.
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