When you are going about your daily routine, you should not have to worry about the carelessness or negligence of a property owner or their employees causing you harm. However, we know that slip and fall incidents happen and you need to know where to turn. Today, we are going to discuss one California slip and fall case as well as how these incidents happen.
At the Hayes Law Firm, APC, our qualified and experienced team is ready to get to work for you. When you need a Montebello slip and fall accident attorney, call us today.
Slip And Fall Incidents Are Serious
Today we want to discuss the story of a California woman who was awarded $1.4 million is a settlement following a slip and fall incident.
Vicki Bartholomew was 63 at the time of her injury. She was at a Ralphs grocery store in Oceanside, CA in September 2015 when she slipped on a wet floor and fell. She injured her shoulder and subsequently had to undergo a shoulder replacement. Unfortunately, her shoulder then became infected and she now will have to undergo surgery to remove the hardware, treat the infection, and replace the shoulder again.
In a trial that lasted four days, her attorney asked for $2.37 million while an attorney representing Ralphs offered $547,415.
A jury settled on $1.4 million.
In this case, unlike many others, Ralphs admitted negligence. The trial was largely focused on how the injury had affected Bartholomew’s life and how high her medical bills would reach in the future.
These cases are not always straightforward.
Despite falls accounting for most of the premises liability cases that occur, negligent parties and insurance companies rarely make it easy to collect a fair settlement. It is not uncommon for serious injuries to occur in slip and fall incidents. We commonly see the following:
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or amputations
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
These injuries, as was the case above, often require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation in order for a person to make a full recovery. They can significantly impact a person’s life and affect their ability to earn an income.
Who will fight for you so you are not left holding the bills?
What Happens Moving Forward?
You should never have to worry about the negligence or carelessness of another person creating a slip and fall situation. However, if you have been injured in a slip and fall incident, you may need to seek legal assistance.
At the Hayes Law Firm, APC, our qualified and experienced team is ready to get to work on your behalf. We want to ensure you have compensation for the following:
- Your medical expenses related to the incident
- Lost income and benefits if you are unable to work
- Pain and suffering/loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Punitive damages against those responsible
If you need a Montebello slip and fall accident lawyer, you can reach out for a free consultation by calling us at 323-477-1415 .