Premises Liability Case Results

Case Results — Premises Liability

The Following is a representative sample of our Premises Liability settlements & verdicts:

  • $735,000 settlement for woman injured in Marshalls Department store
  • Lax security at a shopping mall put a kiosk vendor at risk. Our client, a 38-year-old vendor, was setting up his stand early one morning. Security personnel employed by the mall failed to lock the door before the mall opened. A burglar entered the mall and assaulted him, stabbing and robbing him. Award: $4 million
  • A midtown building porter who dislodged a jam in a trash compactor was unable to turn off the machine. The safety switch had been removed and the machine’s manual shutoff button was broken. The disposal door fell down and struck our client in the head. The hand he used to break his fall was pulled into the machine and was cut off. He later had to have two amputations. Award: $2.4 million
  • A 52-year-old man was injured when he slipped and fell down steps due to oil cans placed near the top of the deteriorated stairs. He suffered a broken right foot and an ankle injury that required surgery. Case settled while appeals were pending after a verdict. Award: $1,950,000
  • A bouncer at a popular midtown Manhattan theme restaurant greeted a 16-year-old teenager, escorted her to the third floor to view a music display and sexually assaulted her. Award: $865,000
  • A 29-year-old woman was injured as she was descending a flight of stairs and tripped and fell when her foot became tangled in the carpet, which had been installed improperly. She suffered injuries to her back. The verdict was for $920,000, but was reduced by the Appellate Division. Award: $725,000, plus interest
  • A 56-year-old man was walking home from work when he slipped and fell over a raised portion of sidewalk that was covered with ice. As a result of the fall, the plaintiff sustained a severe fracture of the right fibula and tibia, which required surgery to install pins and plates. Award: $375,000
  • Plaintiff was a 21-year-old bartender when her foot struck a jug on the floor while she was working and she sustained burns to her left ankle due to the cleaning chemicals in the jug, which were used as part of a washing system. Case was settled during trial. Award: $350,000
  • A handicapped woman suffering from severe asthma parked her vehicle in a handicapped spot at a shopping mall, tripped where the ramp met the curb and suffered a fractured elbow, which required two surgeries. This case was settled prior to jury deliberations. Award: $250,000