When a business or company is open for business, it is the as if they invite guests (customers) onto their property. They have an obligation to do everything in their power to ensure that guest is safe from accidents. The law says the business owner (manager) must use reasonable care in maintaining his facility, and if there is a problem, they must safeguard the customer and address the problem quickly. When they fail to do so, and someone falls and gets hurt due to their neglect, they have a right to be compensated.
There are some extreme cases, where millions of dollars were awarded to a person who fell on someone’s property and was injured. Let our slip and fall attorneys share some of them with you now.
Carnival Cruise Lines
Denise Kaba was awarded 2.9 million dollars in a slip and fall lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Lines. While on one of their cruise ships, “Carnival Pride,” Ms. Kaba slipped on a pool deck on the ship, fell, and fractured her kneecap.
This is one of those cases where many people would not have thought to seek legal action. People think a pool deck is expected to be wet, and therefore it is expected to be slick. So how exactly could the cruise line be liable?
In this case, it was proven that the cruise line used a slippery resin on the floor which caused the pool deck to be unusually slippery. Upon investigation, it was found that others had fallen under the same conditions. In this case, Carnival Cruise Lines admitted guilt and settled the case with the victim’s slip and fall attorney.
Ms. Valerie Dantzler suffered a slip and fall in Jacksonville Florida at a local Wal-Mart. Ms. Dantzler was shopping in Wal-Mart and went to check out. There was a price discrepancy on one of her items, and she returned to that department of the store to retrieve a new item. When she got back to the area, there was liquid on the floor, and she slipped and fell.
Ms. Dantzler had recently had surgery. The day before the accident she had been to the doctor and given her a good report. After the accident, she had permanent nerve damage.
As often is the case in the state of Florida, the courts determined each party was partly to blame. They assigned 80% of the blame to Wal-Mart and 20% of the blame to Ms. Dantzler. Her recovery was $800,000.00 of the total recovery.
Most slip and fall accidents do not go public, even if there are big settlements. As part of the agreement between the parties, the cases and settlement amounts are kept private. We do know that between 2004 and 2008, there were 214 slip and fall lawsuits filed against Walt Disney World. While we do not know how much was recovered, we can assume it is substantial.
If you suffer a slip and fall, regardless of the size of the company at fault, please contact a slip and fall attorney to learn more about your legal options might be.