Cases all over the country settled outside of court or in jury verdicts that recognized the severity of slip and fall injuries. Personal injury cases filed by lawyers aggressively sought damage recovery in injury settlements to help the victim move on with their life and get the medical treatment needed for maximum recovery. Here are some examples of claims from the year.
Knowing outcomes of slip and fall settlements 2020 can give you an idea of what judges and juries are thinking in 2021 and beyond.
Florida Walmart Premises Liability Claim
One personal injury law firm obtained a $689,000 slip and fall settlement in 2020 for a Florida accident victim who sustained a back injury when they slipped and fell at Walmart. With over 5,000 stores all over the United States and an average size of over 100,000 sq. ft. it is easy to understand how someone could slip and fall and sustain significant injuries in an accident at Walmart. The primary facet of these cases is in determining the store or owner's liability for preventing slip and fall injuries. This can include both removing hazards and posting warning signs when someone is likely to slip and fall.
Florida Private School Claim
A private school located in a strip mall was the location of another massive 2020 slip and fall settlement. The victim ended up recovering $120,000 as a result of her injuries after walking through a parking lot that had tile removed on the mall walkway. The tile removal meant that there was only one path that visitors could use to get to their car. In this case, it was the involvement of an experienced personal injury lawyer that made the case that much more compelling by gathering the necessary evidence to explain what happened.
Cat Litter Lumbar Injury Case in Los Angeles
An early 2020 verdict came down against Ralph's Grocery when a victim fell on cat litter that had spilled into the aisle. The plaintiff, a musician, received a $2.5 million award in court. Although the grocery store's policy was to sweep the floor once an hour, another customer opened the bag of cat litter and left it on the floor where the victim came into contact with it. Even though the defense claimed that the victim staged the fall or was not really injured and that the litter had only been on the floor for 24 minutes, the jury awarded both economic and non-economic damages to the victim.
$1.9 Million New Jersey Lawsuit for a Parking Lot Accident
The New Jersey Herald reported that a restaurant accident ended in a $1.9 million slip and fall settlement in 2020 when the plaintiff sustained critical injuries to a spine and shoulders after slipping in the parking lot of the restaurant in 2007. Untreated ice was the cause of his slip and fall leading to numerous disc herniations in his lower back and spinal fusion surgery to implant hardware. In these circumstances when a victim has sustained critical injuries, the support of an experienced personal injury attorney is necessary for determining the full scope of potential compensation.
Since the top five states for slip and fall claims that those accused claimed to be questionable includes Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, New York and California, it is even more important for a victim with injuries in this state to show that they are taking their case seriously by retaining proper personal injury law firm representation.
Unknown Substance Slip and Fall at Walmart Grocery Store
In January 2020 a $572,988 verdict was handed down in a case involving a woman who suffered permanent injuries after falling on an unknown substance in a Walmart grocery aisle. The store was found to be 100% liable for the accident in this slip and fall settlement from 2020.
$7 Million Target Lawsuit with Injuries Caused by Door
An elderly woman obtained a $7 million settlement against a Target store in Illinois when a swinging door struck her in the head and knocked her to the ground. She was hospitalized for the incident which occurred in 2007 and had difficulty processing thoughts and words as a result. She was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma and had to go through the excavation of the hematoma and a craniotomy as a result. The door manufacturer was also named as a defendant in this lawsuit.