When a person is injured on someone else’s property in a slip and fall accident, they may be entitled to financial compensation to help them recover from the incident. In such cases, the person filing the lawsuit must be able to prove that the other party was negligent and the negligence was the cause of the injury. An experienced slip and fall lawyer can help the victim of a slip and fall determine if they have grounds for a lawsuit and should pursue a settlement.
Slip and fall cases are a common occurrence. Some of the most frequent types of slip and fall cases include falling on ice, falling at work, falling in apartment buildings, and falling in stores. With so many slip and fall lawsuits being filed across the country, it comes to no surprise that some of these cases have made the headlines. Here are a few of the most famous slip and fall cases in the United States.
Over the years there have been several slip and fall claims filed against different Starbucks locations. The most famous of these cases against the coffee giant occurred when a chiropractor slipped on the floor of a Starbucks in 2008. The man was leaving the cash register to get his drink when he slipped on the freshly mopped floor and hit his head. The store manager testified saying that there were three wet floor cones in place, but witnesses claimed there was only one. The victim of the fall was told he had a concussion and later diagnosed with mild brain trauma. The injury left him unable to return to work. The trial ended in 2011 with Starbucks being ordered to pay the victim and his family a sum of $7.5 million.
Carnival Cruise Lines Case
You may think that a cruise line couldn’t possibly be at fault for someone slipping and injuring themselves on a pool deck. Common sense would tell you that the area around a pool is slippery and you should exercise caution. However, in 2009 a woman slipped and fractured her patella on Carnival’s pool deck. She had to undergo multiple knee surgeries following the incident. She filed a lawsuit and was awarded $2.9 million. Why? The trial exposed that the cruise line had been using a slippery resin coating on the decks which caused unusually slick and dangerous conditions at the pool. The pre-trial discovery process revealed numerous other slip and falls on the same ship and other Carnival Cruise ships that had used the resin. Carnival Cruise Lines accepted their liability in the case.
Kroger Grocery Store Case
A man shopping in a Kroger Grocery Store in 2008 slipped on a piece of smashed fruit on the floor. The incident resulted in a spinal cord injury that required extensive medical treatment and surgery as well as the inability to work. Kroger’s legal representative claimed that there was no video surveillance in that area of the store. The representative claimed that footage from the day of the accident would have been taped over anyway due to the store policy of taping over footage after 17 days of holding. The victim’s attorneys were able to discover evidence that the tape had been intentionally destroyed. The plaintiff was awarded $2.3 million.