Thompson, a severe hemophiliac, slipped and fell on an oil spill in his apartment building’s stairway. Despite the defense’s contention they had no notification of the spill, Drexler and Torem produced witnesses who disputed that claim, forcing the large settlement.
In this contentious premises liability case, Eric Thompson, a nineteen-year-
His supervised therapies included a drawn out attempt to stop the internal bleeding, using injections of an expensive medication called NOVO 7. Bleeding into the joints, experts agree, causes severe joint damage, often-requiring replacement of the joint. And though Thompson’s subsequent knee replacement in July 2006 was a pre-existing condition, the expenses he incurred while hospitalized related to the slip and fall were $66,808.96.
Drexler, a high profile personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles, contended that the building’s management, Barker Management and owner West “A” Homes, had been negligent in adequately cleaning up an oil spill on the stairwell after being notified of the hazard. The plaintiff’s witness, Maria Maroquin, supported this. Moroquin, a cleaning lady, claimed to remember wiping up oil on that stairwell in the days prior to the slip and fall incident. However, she spoke only Spanish, a language the supervisory personnel in the building did not speak, making the serious nature of the problem unclear to her. Drexler further contended that management negligently failed to follow up on the spill, creating a hazardous condition left unchecked that resulted in the premises liability incident.
Three months before trial was set to begin, and two weeks before a scheduled summary judgment was to be heard before the Hon. Mary Thornton House, Drexler and Torem made a compromise offer to the defendants for $1,000,000. The defendants accepted that offer and settled the case for that amount.
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