Top Slip and Fall Settlements and Verdicts in Pennsylvania
The media likes to pick up stories about huge slip and fall injury payouts. They seem outrageous at times, but juries do not just pull numbers out of a hat. If the attorneys have done their job properly, they have introduced all the evidence necessary to help a jury reach those verdict amounts. The verdicts awarded are considered to be a fair compensation given the injury and the effect it will have on the injured person’s life.
Compensation can include such elements as:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress, such as depression and anxiety
- Loss of Companionship
- Past and future medical costs
- Future permanent physical disability, such as a limp or scars
- Caregiver costs
- Loss of salary from being unable to work
Recent Slip and Fall Settlements & Awards in Pennslvania
- $432,000 Payout for Slip and Fall in 2020
In this case, a man slipped on oil in the parking lot of an AutoZone. A jury trial in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County awarded him $432,000 in damages. As a result of the fall, he had knee surgery and did not recover the full range of motion in his left knee. This caused him to be unable to do certain types of physical activities (running, playing sports, cleaning etc). Because of the accident, he claims to have knee pain on a daily basis. Source: https://casetext.com/case/wilson-v-autozone-stores-llc
- $10.5 Million Slip and Fall Settlement in 2021
In this case, an employee died by falling into a man-made hole on his fourth day on the job. The lawsuit was headed to trial but they settled out-of-court for $10.5 which was paid by Agate Construction’s insurance carrier. He was the third worker to be killed or seriously injured on a worksite managed by Agate. Source: https://www.lawfirmnewswire.com/2021/04/family-of-laborer-who-died-falling-through-a-man-made-hole-in-a-pier-receives-a-10-5-million-dollar-settlement/
Example Top Slip and Fall Lawsuit Payout Amounts in Pennsylvania
- $11.6 Million Slip and Fall Lawsuit Settlement in 2013
In this lawsuit, a student paralyzed in an apartment fall received $11.6 million. In 2010, a University of Pennsylvania student, Lorna Bernhoft, fell through a raised skylight opening on the fourth floor of an off-campus residence while a student at the University of Pennsylvania. Bernhoft’s lawsuit named as defendants the building’s owner and student tenants who were aware of the opening. The skylight opening was covered only by flex board and carpet and posed a hidden defect and danger at the rental housing. The fall left her paralyzed, and she reached an out-of-court settlement with the building’s owners. Source: https://blogs.findlaw.com/injured/2013/11/student-paralyzed-in-apt-fall-to-get-116m.html
- $18 Million Personal Injury Lawsuit in Philadelphia in 2008
A Philadelphia medical student, Marcus Gustafsson, who suffered a broken back in 2004 was awarded over $18 million (four years after the accident) after he fell over 20 feet through an uncovered manhole. The victim’s legal team was able to prove that the utility company Trigen-Philadephia Corporation was aware that some manholes were left uncovered and did not attempt to remedy the problem. This individual was able to collect such a large settlement due to his injury, suffering, and lost wages as a medical doctor. Although the jury returned an astounding $85-million dollar verdict against Trigen, both parties agreed on a “high-low,” which means that the parties agree on a range for the jury verdict. The parties had set a 18-million dollar cap. Source: https://6abc.com/archive/5975525/
Additional Pennsylvania Slip and Fall Settlements & Awards
- $10 Million Slip and Fall Lawsuit Settlement in 2019
In this case, a 43-year-old was forced to retire after slipping and falling on ice. He won a $10 million dollar settlement after slipping because an employee of Sulpizio Mechanical accidentally drilled a hole into a water line which caused the floor to fill with water and then freeze. The fall resulted in 5 surgical procedures on his right ankle and leg. Source: https://www.inquirer.com/news/michael-little-one-water-street-lawsuit-settlement-10-million-old-city-slip-fall-ice-20191202.html
- $1.275 Million Slip and Fall Payout in 2018
A Chester County resident slipped on ice in his apartment complex parking lot, resulting in a broken ankle that required open reduction and internal fixation. The defendants, apartment complex owner Limes Associates L.P. and snow removal contractor Emico Inc were found negligent by the jury. The jury attributed Limes 94% negligent and Emico 6% negligent to the defendant. https://www.law.com/thelegalintelligencer/2018/10/04/man-awarded-1-275m-in-parking-lot-slip-and-fall/
- $325,000 Wrongful Death Lawsuit Settlement in 2019
82-year-old Lenore Westerman fell and sustained a head injury as a patron of the Logan Inn restaurant resulting in a subdural hematoma, which led to her death two weeks later. Westerman’s family contended the restaurant was negligent in failing to discover the risk of fall within their establishment, causing a reasonable risk of harm to others, failing to use reasonable care to protect invitees from the dangerous condition, failing to warn of the dangerous condition, and failing to exercise reasonable care for the safety of those traversing through the premises. While the restaurant denied allegations of negligence, the case settled for $325,000.
- $327,281 Slip and Fall Injury Resulting in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in 2019
In this case, a 57-year-old female was awarded a settlement for injuries sustained after a fall on a wet dance floor while attending a wedding at an event venue in 2017. The woman broke her wrist when she slipped and fell on the dance floor after a drink was spilled. An employee of the defendant hastily cleaned the area but failed to put up warning signs. The victim’s legal team was able to prove that her wrist fractures led to a diagnosis of complex regional pain syndrome, or CPRS, and required open reduction/internal fixation and carpal tunnel release surgeries.
- $400,000 Payout in 2019 For Fall Injury on Government Property
Angela Jackson was awarded $400,000 after sustaining injuries including an anterior subluxation of the left femur with left knee ligament tears. Jackson was checking on the property of a deceased friend which defendant Milford Township had taken ownership/possession of after the death. The Township denied liability and claimed she was a trespasser on its property, barring recovery. The jury found that the plaintiff was lawfully on the premises and was not a trespasser at the time of incident and determined that the municipality violated codes and ordinances and was liable for the accident.
- $250,000 Awarded After Slip and Fall in Target Store
Carol Hobbs tripped and fell on a ripped and worn carpet or mat placed inside the entrance door of a Pennsylvania Target store. Her injuries resulted in a total knee replacement surgery. While the defendant claimed that the woman’s injuries were a result of a degenerative condition and not a fall and that the fall was due to her own actions, the jury found Target Corporation negligent and awarded Hobbs $250,000 in damages.
- $201,551 Premises Liability Lawsuit Payout in 2018
Irene Crowley was awarded $201,551 for unspecified injuries and medical expenses after tripping and falling over a curb stop box in front of a Philadelphia commercial building. Crowly filed a premises liability action due to the failure to maintain a safe sidewalk, knowingly allowing a dangerous condition to exist, and for not warning of or remedying the dangerous condition.
- $350,000 Slip and Fall Lawsuit Settlement in 2018
In this lawsuit, Carmen Gonzales suffered a broken wrist when he tripped and fell on a damaged sidewalk on the property of Domingo Vasquez. The victim contended that Vasquez failed to properly inspect, maintain and repair a known defect in the pavement. Jurors found Vasquez 60% at fault and assessed damages accordingly.
- $950,000 Premises Liability Lawsuit Settlement in 2019
Nekeidra Filinov suffered a right elbow fracture, requiring surgery and resulting in permanent pain, limited motion, and arthritis when she tripped and fell in a pothole located in the parking lot of Impact Thrift Store. The victim was awarded $950,000 in damages due to the store’s negligence in allowing and failing to maintain or remedy dangerous conditions in their parking lot.
- $212,500 Wrongful Death Settlement Awarded in 2019
An elderly nursing home resident died after suffering head injuries due to falling out of her bed at the facility. Gladys Bradley’s estate filed a lawsuit against Care Pavilion for the treatment of Bradley deviating from a reasonable standard of care. The facility had dangerously high resident-to-staff ratios. While the facility denied liability, they were able to reach a settlement agreement of $212,500.
- $510,000 Home Depot Slip and Fall Settlement Payout in 2019
Jonathan Brownlee sustained multiple injuries when he slipped and fell on a piece of wood while shopping at a Home Depot store. While the store’s representation claimed that the wood was open and obvious, and Brownlee’s injuries were present for years before and not made worse by the fall, the court awarded Brownlee $510,000.
Reasons Why a Large Slip and Fall Settlement or Verdict is Awarded
The biggest factor determining a large slip and fall settlement or verdict is the severity of the sustained injury.
The victims of the slip and fall accidents required major changes to their lifestyle, both personally and professionally and will need to deal with expensive ongoing medical costs.
Although media attention would have you believe that large slip and fall compensation is commonplace, it is actually uncommon to see such awards especially with inexperienced lawyers who do not work up the case to allow for a large settlement or jury verdict.
Our firm is known for its tough negotiations, and we will take a case to trial if we cannot settle for proper compensation. We encourage you however, if you have been injured due to slipping and falling, and think you have a case of negligence, contact a slip and fall attorney in our office so that we can review your accident. Interested in how much other types of accident cases can be worth? See examples of some of the top car accident settlements and verdicts in PA.