In court documents, the Plaintiff stated that she was visiting her daughter’s apartment complex when she slipped and fell on an uneven sidewalk directly out front of the defendants’ building. This raised sidewalk was alleged to have been caused by the defendants’ lack of maintenance on tree roots which had upended parts of the sidewalk. According to medical records submitted with the case, the Plaintiff suffered a fractured shoulder which may require costly and painful surgery. Should her condition continue to deteriorate following her accident, doctors indicated in these records that this could potentially entail a long rehabilitation process.
During the case, court documents indicate the defendants and their insurance carriers took the position that they did not previously have notice of the condition and that it was not hazardous to cause anyone danger. The defendants further contended that the condition was easily visible to the plaintiff and that the plaintiff herself was comparatively negligent for not being aware of her surroundings as she was walking.
Said attorney Stan Freeman “Slip and fall cases are notoriously difficult to prove, since the burden is on the plaintiff to show that a dangerous condition has existed for an unreasonable amount of time and even then, the plaintiff is often found negligent for not watching where they are walking.”
The defendants appeared not to take the Plaintiff’s case seriously, only offering $40,000 to settle the case. They appeared to find Plaintiff’s demand of close to $400,000 somewhat humorous. When the jury returned a gross verdict in the sum of $500,000, the defendants were not laughing.
“There are many people that are hurt by the negligence of property owners and they need to know that they do have recourse and can be compensated for their injuries. Fortunately, the Plaintiff will not only realize compensation for her injuries, but will now be able to get the continued medical care she needs to move on with her life,” said attorney Stan Freeman.
The personal injury attorneys at Freeman & Freeman LLP encourage consumers who have been similarly injured to call the law firm to discuss how they may be able to gain compensation. (800) 610-9755
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