On a Thursday evening, a woman from Valley Stream and her husband stopped at her local supermarket to do some shopping for dinner. While walking near the deli counter, she slipped on some spilled olive oil. The fall injured her wrists. She asked Carol L. Schlitt of the Schlitt Law Firm to represent her in an effort to collect compensation for her injuries. After conducting an investigation of her case, including having our investigator visit the store and having our nurse analyze her medical records so we could maximize the value of her case, we sent a Settlement Proposal to the supermarket claims manager. They initially denied liability and refused to offer money. But after seeing the strength of the case we built, the supermarket relented and settled the case. The settlement delivered good value to our client and avoided the delay and stress of a trial.
The Facts of the Slip and Fall Case in the Supermarket
In this case, the woman, who performs as a singer and pianist, went shopping with her husband. They went to their neighborhood supermarket in Nassau County. As the woman shopped in the deli area, she slipped on a pool of liquid. While on the ground, she could tell the liquid was olive oil. Her husband came to her aid. When he reported the incident, a staff person from the deli admitted that he had spilled the olive oil.
Determining Damages in this Supermarket Case
Damages will vary from case to case and depend on many variables. In this case, the main damages were for pain and suffering. The woman injured her wrists and required continuous follow up treatment with an orthopedist and physical therapist. But there was more to this case. The woman was a pianist and her wrist injury affected her practice and playing time. Our nurse carefully analyzed the woman’s medical records and we conducted extensive case law research to document cases of similar values. We also compiled information about the woman’s career as a pianist and a performer and used that to justify a larger settlement.
Pushing Hard for Quick Settlements for Good Value in Supermarket Cases
We work very hard for our clients and do our best to settle supermarket and grocery store cases as quickly as possible. Our experience with so many supermarket cases gives us the knowledge on how to develop them and the contacts and experience to settle them quickly. In this case, our investigators visited the store to take photos and interview the staff allowing us to produce an Investigative Report for our client. We supported our client as she underwent her treatment. When her condition stabilized, we collected her medical records, which our nurse reviewed and analyzed. We then prepared a Case Assessment that we reviewed with our client. The Case Assessment examined liability and damages, including a case law review to see how previous cases valued similar injuries. And we presented our client with a current value for her case.
After reviewing the Case Assessment with our client, we presented a Settlement Proposal to the claims adjuster assigned to the case. Early on in the case, the supermarket denied liability for the incident. After receiving the Settlement Proposal, they changed their minds and put some money on the case. We then negotiated to get the maximum value for our client. The settlement represented a good value for the case and came less than two months from when we first made our settlement demand.
I hope you found this information helpful. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a slip and fall at a supermarket or if you have been injured due to another’s negligence, you may want to consult a New York personal injury attorney experienced with slip and fall cases. We would be glad to answer your questions and assist you. The consultation is always free.
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