Jury Awards $250,000 To World War II Veteran Hurt at Arby’s in Charlotte, NC
There are daily hazards in everyday life. You can get hit by a car when driving, you can slip on fruit and fall in a grocery store, or you can even choke while eating a pretzel. Most of these hazards are not predictable, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes there could be structural design flaw that makes a given problem endemic to a certain place. It could be an improperly designed sidewalk that always collects ice and leads to a slip or, as was reported in the North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, a door that was put next to a blind corner.
An elderly woman was traveling through North Carolina two years ago when she stopped at an Arby’s restaurant, according to North Carolina Lawyers Weekly. She went to go to the restroom when she turned a blind corner and the door to the men’s restroom was flung open, throwing her against the wall and floor. She fractured her elbow and hip, underwent extensive surgery and is now confined to a wheelchair. The woman had been part of the 1936 Canadian Nation Swim Team and was a World War II Veteran who drove ambulances in London during the Blitz. She was still an avid swimmer who’d swim laps at the pool multiple times a week and took walks every day. Sadly the injury left her in a wheelchair.
According to her lawyers, the Arby’s manager told the woman and her family that the area was “a problem”. Furthermore there were no warning signs in the hallway to alert patrons to the danger. The jury awarded the victim $250,325. Her medical bills alone were $80,000. The highest offer by the defense to settle was $35,000. The defense has appealed the verdict. The plaintiff was represented by Hunt Willis and H. Forest Horne of Martin & Jones of Raleigh North Carolina. All cases are different and we cannot guarantee the same result in your case.
Restaurants should be safe places for the public but this is not always the case. Earlier this year we won a $125,000 settlement for a client who was injured at a Chesapeake restaurant. Every year thousands of people are injured in Virginia and North Carolina when they trip or fall at a business or other premises. In some cases you may have grounds to bring a lawsuit against a property owner or a manager. If you have been hurt in a fall due to the fault of another, call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 or see CooperHurley.com.