$1.75M Staircase Trip & Fall Pre-Trial Award
We are pleased to report that the firm successfully recovered compensation for a client who was seriously injured when he fell down an entire flight of stairs. He injured his spine and shoulder and required multiple surgeries to minimize and help relieve his pain. The case was settled at the time of Jury Selection in Orange County Supreme Court for the sum of $1.75 million dollars.
Our client was descending a staircase at work when his pants were caught on a nail that was projecting out of the staircase. We established that this nail had existed for a prolonged period and in fact rather than remove the obvious tripping hazards the nail was systematically painted over. Had this nail simple been removed our client would have been able to live his life as he always imagined.
Unfortunately, the nail was not removed and just as he literally tumbled down the stairs his life tumbled out of control filled with years of pain and suffering coupled with prolonged periods of disability.
The firm employed various experts including a structural engineer, an economist, a surgeon and a life care planner to establish the scope of our client's damages.
Following litigation Andrew Levine, partner at Raphaelson & Levine, said “while we all wish we can turn back time and have entirely prevented this incident, we are hopeful that this resolution can help provide our client and his family with much deserved meaningful financial relief from this unfortunate event."