5 of the Biggest Slip and Fall Cases in History

If you follow the news much, you might hear about injury cases against big companies, like your local grocery store. In fact, in November 2017, one Alabama man was awarded $7.5 million after falling at his neighborhood Walmart.

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While you might think $7.5 million is an outrageous amount for a slip and fall, security footage told a different tale. Walmart had numerous shoppers suffer similar injuries with a pallet that staff had hidden under watermelon display. The victim, after his injury, went from being an active man to having to use a walker to get around because he shattered his hip.

This is just one of many cases that have settled in the past few years for slip and fall accidents – and there will undoubtedly be more. Stores are required to keep their premises safe, especially if they are inviting guests (customers) on those premises. When they neglect safety hazards or fail to eradicate them in a reasonable time frame, they can be sued, and the victim awarded damages.

What Are the Biggest Slip and Fall Injury Awards Indianapolis Residents Might Not Know Of?

Some of these you may have heard of, but most of these cases are only shared locally. The purpose of holding stores accountable for injuries is not just for compensation, it is to ensure shoppers in the future do not succumb to a similar injury. After all, some of these accidents can leave victims with permanent disabilities – meaning they cannot work, play with their children, or even enjoy life as it was before the accident.

Slip and Fall Injury Leaves Victim Blind

  • In March 2017, one Pennsylvania man was left blind after his slip and fall accident. The jury awarded him $4 million against the property owner for his injuries. It was one of the most significant personal injury awards seen in York County. Unfortunately, the victim did not see his compensation until four years after the injury.
    • In this case, the man was leaving a local shop when he fell down an unmarked step. He struck his eye on a chair sitting just outside of the neighboring shop, which left him blind. The man was no longer able to engage in hobbies or spend time with his family. In addition, two of his grandchildren were born after the injury – whom he will never see.
  • The jury found the property owner negligent and awarded him $4 million in damages.

Las Vegas Casino Pays Comedian $1.3 Million

  • One comedian was left permanently crippled after an injury to his tendon. The jury found the Bellagio Casino liable for his injuries, because George Wallace (the victim) became entangled in wiring onstage which forced him to fall and suffer serious injuries.
    • While Wallace initially requested $7.1 million for his injuries, he was still satisfied with the amount he received. He did request damages for his lost wages, earning capacity and medical expenses, but due to his age, the jury did not award him as much – he was 60 at the time.

Student Receive $11.6 Million in Fall

  • Age does play a role in how much compensation a person receives. In 2003, Lorna Bernhoft, a student, fell through a raised skylight on the fourth floor of her off-campus residence by the University of Pennsylvania. Her fall left her paralyzed, and the building’s owner knew of the opening but failed to correct it.
    • There were dangerous defects in the property, and several students notified the owner about that potential hazard.
    • In this case, the student fell 20 feet and received $11.6 million for those injuries.

Slip and Fall in Walmart Pays $10 Million

  • Another case involving Walmart was in Colorado which awarded a trucker $10 million for debilitating injuries resulting in a slip and fall from a grease spill. The retailer denied the spill existed but then was confronted with records from the city, citing them for their grease spills and an investigation from the city which was underway regarding these spills.

Woman Injured in Ikea Receives $3.2 Million

  • While this case was not a slip and fall, it is still a notable premises liability case. The jury awarded a 36-year-old woman $3.2 million after a stack of countertops fell on her in their Potomac Mills location. She suffered from a crushed pelvis, and now she cannot walk or engage in her favorite hobbies.

Big Box Stores Tend to Have Higher Settlements

  • The larger the retailer, the higher the settlement. But that is often because they have the insurance coverage and means to pay what a case is worth. Unfortunately, there are numerous instances where a smaller company legitimately injures a person, but that company’s policy is too inadequate to cover their injuries.

Damages You Can Receive in a Slip and Fall

If you are injured in a slip and fall accident in a retail store, you do have the right to hold the store owner, property manager, or lessor accountable. However, it is in your best interest to speak with an attorney and explore your options first. Some damages you may be entitled to include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Permanent disability and loss of earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering

Speak with an Injury Attorney Today

After a serious slip and fall injury, speak with the attorneys from Jacobs Law, LLC. We are here to serve as your advocates, and we will aggressively fight for your right to compensation.

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