The Arizona Court of Appeals upheld the $1.5 million damage award to a kindergarten teacher who sued BCI Coca-Cola for damages after a slip, trip and fall accident in a grocery store.
The unidentified teacher had a serious spinal cord injury as a result of a fall caused by water on the floor that had leaked from a BCI Coca-Cola refrigerator. The victim had to have surgery on a herniated disk and suffers from lingering and chronic pain.
The court found the BCI Coca-Cola Bottling liable for the accident because service records showed that the refrigerator had been leaking for two years before the accident.
The teacher’s attorneys showed the jury a surveillance tape of the accident and were able to share with the jury how debilitating the injuries are.
This may seem like a huge award to some. However, it is not out-of-line due to the severity of a spinal column injury.
A slip, trip or fall accident falls under the category of “premise liability.” Premise liability finds that a property owner or person who operates a business is responsible for injuries by a person on their premises if they failed to maintain their property in a safe condition. This can include wet and slippery floors, inadequate lighting, cracked sidewalks, etc.
For more information see, “Washington injury attorney explains “slip, trip and fall”
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We have more than 30 years experience representing people with serious personal injuries due to slip, trip and fall accidents.
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