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Pompano Beach Slip and Fall Settles For $75,000 After Attorneys Dell And Schaefer Negotiate A Settlement


Attorney Daniel VillalobosAuthor: Attorney Daniel Villalobos

Client Slips And Falls In A Department Store

Our client, a middle aged woman, was wearing flip flops while shopping in a department store in Pompano Beach, Florida. As she was walking and looking up at the shelves to decide on whether or not to purchase an item, suddenly and without warning she slipped and fell on a liquid substance that resembled either detergent or liquid hand soap. During the fall her legs did a split. As her body instinctually attempted to maneuver itself in order to avoid a fall, she then slid further and fell sideways on her hips and lower back. The impact was so great that a loud thump and agonizing scream was heard from a few aisles over which startled a few customers who in turn ran to our client’s aid. As she lay flat on the ground in complete disbelief at what transpired a gust of pain overcame her body. Nearby patrons came to assist our client up from the fall but she was too weak and injured to get up. The ambulance was subsequently called and she was transported to North Broward Medical Center.

Client Undergoes Medical Care

When the hospital physician attended our client he was shocked and amazed that our client did not suffer any broken bones. She had a bruise the side of a watermelon which ranged from her hips, to her lower back and down her buttocks. The hospital physician referred our client out for physical therapy, gave her pain medications, and a back brace. Our client then sought the care and medical attention of a local chiropractor. The chiropractor diagnosed her with a contusion to her hip and sprain strain to the lower back. He put her on a course of physical therapy. After the therapy was over and the bruising subsided our client was able to once again walk normally and go back to a normal pain free life.

Dell and Schaefer Negotiate A Settlement

After the therapy ended our firm filed a bodily injury demand against the insurance company for the department store. In an unbelievable and offensive attempt to avoid liability for the accident the insurance company alleged that our client was 50% at fault for her fall because she had the audacity to wear flip flops in a store when flip flops are made for sand and beaches. Our firm disregarded their argument and alleged that the store was 100% at fault for her fall. Our firm sought monetary compensation for bodily injury aggravation of a preexisting condition, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, disfigurement, mental anguish, past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and impairment of ability to earn future wages. After a lengthy negotiation, the insurance company dropped their laughable argument of comparative negligence, they accepted full responsibility for their actions, and settled the case for $75,000.

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