Generally, corporations have to maintain their stores and exercise a reasonable standard of care and protect their customers, especially during peak business hours and in heavy foot traffic sections. If a store fails to do this and a customer is injured due to their negligence, they will be liable for any and all damages that result. Although a victim may be left with a feeling of confusion as to what to do next in such a case, and filing a personal injury lawsuit against a large corporation might seem daunting, our expert slip and fall lawyers and team of personal injury attorneys here at our Boston, Massachusetts law firm will be able to help guide you through the litigation process.
An Allegheny County, Pennsylvania jury has awarded $2.1 million to a woman who tore her hamstring after slipping on a wet floor at a Target store. After three-and-a-half days of trial, and one day of deliberation, before Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael Della Vecchia, the jury handed up its award to plaintiff Melissa Horton. The verdict was divided into $1.4 million for past noneconomic damages and $700,000 in future noneconomic damages.
At the time Horton entered the store, a soda bottle reportedly fell from a shelf and spilled onto the main aisle in the store. Target employees eventually began mopping the area with “a wet soapy substance” and placed warning cones around the area. Ms. Horton alleged in court papers that Target employees carelessly mopped the floor outside of the cordoned-off area. Ms. Horton says that she walked cautiously around the spill area, but once outside it, slipped on “the invisible wet floor,” causing her to drop into a split and tear her hamstring.
Have you accidentally slipped or fallen and subsequently been injured because of the negligence of someone else? If so, you may be entitled to substantial compensation, so please contact one of our expert slip and fall lawyers here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates. Please call 617-787-3700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your needs are our top priority!