$6,400,000 Dollar Verdict
SLIP AND FALL
The accident occurred at a gas station in Encino, California. Ken was a tanker-truck driver unloading gasoline at Defendant’s gas station. The day of the accident was Ken’s first actual delivery to that specific station.
There was compelling evidence the location had not been properly maintained for years. Witnesses testified Defendants had previously placed warning signs the unsafe, unstable gasoline tank lid utilizing sheets of paper written upon with black Magic® markers. These signs would be periodically ripped off, torn and destroyed; the words would become illegible as gasoline was spilled on the surface.
The frequency of application of these warning signs was haphazard at best. The evidence is clear the Defendants knew of the dangerous condition of the tank lid for years and yet they never made critical repairs to the lid prior to the accident.
On the date of the accident, Ken suffered major injuries to his left rotator cuff and left bicep tendon – excruciating and career-ending injuries resulting in two surgeries to date.
Defendants denied all liability and blamed the entire accident on, Ken, the victim of their negligence. I accepted representation in September 2011; the case dragged on and on. The defendants ultimately offered $8,000 in full and final settlement of the case during Mediation. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury awarded Ken $6,441,974.