Slip and fall accidents occur when a person slips or trips while on another’s property. They can be the result of poor lighting, potholes, uneven surfaces, spilled liquids, slippery floors, and freshly mopped floors. Among other things, as a plaintiff in a Jacksonville premises liability lawsuit, you need to establish that you were injured as the result of a dangerous condition, and the property owner knew or should have known about it. A recent slip and fall case in Florida arose when the plaintiff went into a large chain store and slipped and fell on a puddle on the floor. She suffered tingling in her extremities and pain in her right knee and lower back. She went through a course of nonsurgical treatment, but kept suffering from restricted motion and pain.
She was referred to a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. He faced limitations in diagnosis because of her pacemaker. He found a lumbar spine disc herniation and misaligned patella. He suggested an alternate treatment. She wasn’t considered to be the right patient for this treatment. She sued the chain store claiming negligence. The controversy went to trial. There, she presented evidence of her medical expenses past and future. She also tried to establish pain and suffering damages. The defendant didn’t put forward an expert. Instead, it tried to blame her pain on other medical conditions such as arthritis. In its closing argument, it claimed she was exaggerating her pain, even if she was hurt by the fall.
The jury awarded her past medical expenses. It didn’t award her pain and suffering or any future damages. The court denied a motion for new trial. It also denied a motion for additur, which is a request that the court decide whether the amount of damages was insufficient given the facts and circumstances.