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A jury has awarded $15 million to a female truck driver who suffered massive spinal injuries while delivering frozen food to a major retail store.The plaintiff, 41, slipped and fell on grease and ice as she delivered a load of food to the major retail store.Since the fall,the victim has undergone four surgeries and can no longer work as a truck driver.The jury found that the store had failed to use reasonable care to protect the plaintiff against danger on its property.The jury awarded the plaintiff $5.5 million in non economic losses; $4.5 million in economic losses; and $5 million for injuries.The plaintiff was a contract driver working for a trucking company and was injured as she delivered frozen dairy and deli goods from a distribution center to the major retail chain store.She claimed that the ramp to the store’s loading dock was covered with used cooking oil and other greases that she couldn’t see and she tried to report the fall to the store’s employee who met her at the receiving door, but he refused to take a report.As an experienced trial attorney I have reviewed many cases of slip and fall and have completed the same with favorable results.

The retailer denied that the plaintiff fell at the store and also denied that a grease spill ever occurred.At trial, however, the plaintiff lawyers presented evidence that the city officials had investigated a complaint about grease coming out of a manhole cover south of the retail building in the store’s parking lot. City inspectors who went to the store found a blockage in the store’s grease interceptors.A man who identified himself as the store manager said the problem had been going on for a week. Four days after the victim’s fall,the city inspectors returned to the store and found that two companies were attempting to fix the problem with the grease interceptors.The company’s workers indicated the grease interceptors had been cleaned twice but they had called in another company several days later to try to remove and correct whatever was blocking the outlet from draining and flowing properly.
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A jury awarded $1.5 million to a man who was shocked by low-hanging power lines.
The victim, 52, sued a major electric company after he was shocked while working for a paving company. As an experienced trial attorney I have reviewed many cases of workplace accidents and have completed same with favorable results.
He was paving a portion of a Highway when the vehicle he was operating struck the lines and sent 7,600 volts of electricity through his right arm. Doctors contend that more than twice the amount of electricity that’s used for the electric chair went in to his right hand and out of his right elbow.

The victim can only perform limited tasks with his right arm and is in constant pain.He also wears a sleeve to reduce swelling and is no longer able to contract his hand. Two doctors testified at the trial that the plaintiff will suffer from pain for the rest of his life.
The jury returned the verdict after studying the plaintiff’s medical bills and determining that he can no longer work.
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