Hotel patron gets spinal injury from slipping on snow covered ice.
Grim Howland represented a 26 year old man who slipped on ice in a hotel parking lot and severely injured his spine. Water runoff from the hotel’s roof was directed from a downspout, over the sidewalk near the main entrance to the hotel, and into a large stream through the parking lot. After several days of above-freezing temperatures, a cold snap caused the stream of water to freeze and falling snow hid it from view. Our client exited the hotel and, unknown to him, was required to walk across the snow-covered ice to reach his car. He slipped, fell, and severely injured his spine requiring surgery and rehabilitation. Grim was able to recover $450,000 for the client from the negligent operator of the hotel.
Fall caused by magazine binder leads to recovery.
Elderly client tripped upon entering a Walgreens store in Hennepin County, fracturing her wrist and requiring surgical repair. When store would not release security camera film of area case was put into suit in federal court. The pictures revealed a fiberglass magazine binder had been left on the floor in front of the cashier for over a half hour and when client entered it caught her foot causing her to fall. Represented by Jim Lavoie. Result – $75,000 settlement.
Strip mall’s icy sidewalk causes bad fall.
Client was running a few errands for her kids just before Christmas and stopped at a local strip mall to pick up a few things. It had not snowed in days and the parking lot was mostly dry. As she stepped up on the sidewalk under the awning, she slipped on some black ice that had accumulated on the sidewalk near a support pillar. Our client badly injured her shoulder in the fall. A lawsuit was started and the discovery process revealed that the property owner forbid the property manager from salting and sanding without prior permission. Also the property owner likely knew about a problem with the awning that caused water to build up on sidewalk and form ice. Represented by Ben Lavoie. Result – $105,000 after Mediation.
Worker successfully recovers on workers’ compensation and personal injury claims from a bad fall.
Client severely injured his shoulder when he fell on greasy stairs while he was delivering uniforms to a business as part of his job duties. Ben Lavoie represented him on both his workers’ compensation claim and a personal injury claim against the business for negligently failing to warn him about the slippery stairs. The worker’s compensation claim was settled and, by also negotiating, with the client’s authorization, to represent the employer for its claim for reimbursement against the business for workers’ compensation benefits it paid, Mr. Lavoie was able to significantly increase his client net recovery from the claims. In total, the client collected over $160,000.