A woman who fell in a convenience store has been awarded almost $2 million by a jury.
According to reports, she was purchasing sodas before slipping and falling in water that had pooled in front of an ice bin.
The woman fell on her tailbone with her right hand outstretched.
This hard landing position resulted in injuries to her neck, back, shoulder and wrist.
Examination at the nearby Emergency Room revealed the woman had two herniated discs in her neck, nerve damage in her wrist and a spine injury.
She was forced to undergo rotator cuff surgery and carpal tunnel surgery.
Her current medical bills already top $110,000 for the two surgeries, physical therapy, and spinal injections. Her future medical costs are expected to be more than $350,000.
During the personal injury case, the owner of the convenience store admitted he knew the ice bins created a hazard but did nothing about it.
In fact, there were no warning signs, protective mats or buckets placed anywhere near the bin.
That’s in spite of the fact that another customer had fallen in the exact same spot nearly one year ago.
While the term “slip and fall” seems harmless enough, the fact of the matter is that such incidents are the leading cause of unintentional deaths in the U.S.
When you fall suddenly and unexpectedly, your body is in an incredibly vulnerable position.
Much like the injuries sustained by the woman in the above story, common injuries from such falls include:
The steps you take in the immediate aftermath often goes a long way in determining if you get the justice and compensation you deserve.
If you’re legally on someone else’s property, they owe you a certain level of care. If they don’t provide that care, and you get hurt, you may be able to file a personal injury claim.
Here at Barber & Associates, we’re proud to have won over $45 million for Alaskans who have been injured by others.
Barber & Associates, LLC has recovered more than 45 Million Dollars in verdicts and settlements for Injured Alaskans.
Auto accidents can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of how defensive someone may be behind the wheel. If you or someone you love has been harmed in such an incident, you have legal rights and options that need to be explored.