Jurors in a Las Vegas courtroom recently handed down a multi-million dollar verdict in favor of the plaintiff in a slip and fall case. Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC was ordered to pay Kelly Hendrickson $16.4 million for her injuries. The decision came following an 11-day trial that highlighted the severity of Hendrickson’s injuries and the alleged problems associated with the defendants’ safety policies.
It took the jury just six hours of deliberations to agree on the slip and fall verdict. $1.9 million of the award is for the plaintiff’s medical expenses and the rest is for her pain and suffering.
Plaintiff falls on wet concrete, fractures skull
The case stemmed from a 2013 incident at a Lowe’s franchise in Las Vegas. The then-38-year-old mother of three stopped by the garden center, where she spent some time looking at palm trees. She even snapped a few pictures and sent them to her husband. At that point, Hendrickson fell on wet concrete and struck her head. During the trial, Hendrickson testified that the last thing she remembered was “looking up at the palm trees” before she lost consciousness. When she awoke, Hendrickson had excruciating pain in her head. “My head was just killing me. It was the worst pain I’ve ever felt, and I just, was so confused.”
Upon awakening, Hendrickson says that she began yelling for help, but that no one could hear her. “I just remember thinking, ‘Am I going to die?’ I guess I just realized at that moment that I hit my head, on the concrete, and what that could do to a person. It just, it scared me to death.” Hendrickson further testified that she began to panic thinking about what might happen to her family if she died there on the concrete.
When Hendrickson finally did receive medical attention, it was determined that she had fractured her skull. Among her other permanent injuries, she has lost her senses of smell and taste.
History of falls at Lowe’s stores
During the trial, Hendrickson’s counsel argued that Lowe’s was negligent in failing to adequately warn her of the wet concrete. Although a store employee had placed a caution cone in the area, Hendrickson claimed that it was obstructed from view.
The plaintiff’s counsel further argued that Lowe’s allegedly has a poor track record of customer safety, given that there have been at least 23 falls among just 13 area stores over the past five years.
Are you entitled to seek compensation?
You shouldn’t be forced to pay for medical expenses that were the result of someone else’s negligence. You might also be entitled to request damages for your pain and suffering, and perhaps punitive damages, depending on the circumstances.
Your first step is to contact a qualified slip and fall lawyer at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye. We are a personal injury law firm serving Long Island and the surrounding areas. During your case review, we’ll examine the incident and your losses, and explain your options. These might include filing a premises liability lawsuit against the retail establishment where you sustained your injuries. Not all lawsuits are resolved through a trial; some are resolved via settlement talks.
Call Edelman, Krasin & Jaye today at 1.800.469.7429 to schedule your free case review.