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Woman awarded $4.9 million in slip-and-fall lawsuit

Even as spring is ushered in for 2018, there are many areas in New York and in other parts of the country that are still dealing with wintry conditions. Snow and ice seem to linger in several areas, creating potentially hazardous conditions on roads as well as the areas around homes and businesses. An icy sidewalk was the cause of an accident several years ago that has ended with a woman receiving a multi-million dollar award in a slip-and-fall lawsuit.

In Jan. 2010, a software consultant on a business trip in another state was staying at a Courtyard by Marriott hotel. One morning, she hurt her right ankle after she slipped and fell on a icy sidewalk in front of the hotel. The woman had to undergo two surgeries after shattering her right ankle in the incident. As a result of the injury, arthritis affected her ankle, causing her to walk with a limp. She was forced to transfer to a lower-paying job because she could no longer travel due to the pain in her ankle.

The woman filed a lawsuit against Marriott in 2012, alleging that the hotel was negligent since it did not provide a warning that dangerous conditions existed. The lawsuit stated that the hotel also did not adequately maintain the premises. The 2014 trial ended when the jury awarded the woman $1.2 million. Upon appeal, the decision was reversed by the state's Court of Appeals. The woman then appealed to the state's Supreme Court.

The case was sent back for a new trial after the state Supreme Court ruled that incorrect instructions were issued to the jury. In the new trial, the woman was awarded $4.9 million. Those involved believe that the higher amount was due to the fact that the woman's condition had worsened since the original trial.

Slip-and-fall lawsuits may be filed when someone is injured in or around a business. Conditions at the location may have contributed to a fall or there may have been inadequate warnings posted about potential hazards.. A New York personal injury lawyer can help someone determine how best to proceed. A favorable outcome in a lawsuit can provide a client with an award to help with hospital expenses, costs for therapy and lost wages.

Source: qctimes.com, "Follow-up File: Slip-and-fall verdict awards Texas woman $4.9 million", Tara Becker-Gray, March 17, 2018

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