On April 20, attorney Candice S. Klein of the southern California personal injury law firm of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley was successful in her personal injury case for a slip-and-fall victim in helping the plaintiff win $282,500 for injuries and related losses. The case centered on a slip-and-fall accident that occurred at a Food 4 Less in Moreno Valley caused by a juice spill near the front of the store.
The incident occurred on August 29, 2008 at 11:50 am when the plaintiff slipped while walking through the store, suffering a horizontal tear to the mid-segment of the lateral meniscus of the left knee. Additionally, the plaintiff suffered soft tissue injuries to the lower back during the fall. To treat the injuries, the plaintiff had to undergo chiropractic treatment and physical therapy, as well as arthroscopic surgery on her the knee.
While the defendants argued that the juice spill was obvious and the plaintiff’s flip flops caused the slip, Attorney Klein proved that a combination of dangerous conditions and employee negligence were responsible for the incident. Food 4 Less policy states that employees must inspect the store through sweeping the floors every hour and document it via a sheet, but Attorney Klein proved through evidence and testimony that it has been 70 minutes since the last sweep and that the next one was not until 1:20 pm.
Additionally, the juice was from a display that employees set up, making them responsible for noticing it, and employee testimony proved that the floors were very slippery when wet, making a spill even more hazardous. The lack of slip-resistant tile and the failure to follow employee procedure proved that there were many reasons behind the accident, all on the part of Food 4 Less. In total, the plaintiff received $32,500 for past medical expenses, $25,000 for future medical expenses, $175,000 for past non-economic damages, and $50,000 for future non-economic damages.
At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, our Los Angeles slip-and-fall accident lawyers have a long track record of success and can apply their experience and skills to your personal injury case. Such injuries can result in serious injuries and financial losses, and victims need compensation to recover from injuries and expenses caused by another party’s actions. For more information about how we can help you, call our offices today at 213-514-8332.