In the trial of a premises liability case arising from alleged serious injuries sustained from a fall in an underground parking garage, a City of St. Louis jury returned a verdict in favor of our health care client.
At trial, Plaintiff argued she slipped and fell in a puddle of oil and water on the garage’s concrete surface and that our client knew of repeated issues with oil and water puddles in its garage, but failed to properly address the issue and appropriately maintain the garage. Plaintiff claimed to have suffered a massively torn left rotator cuff as a result of the fall, requiring surgery. She further claimed to have permanent limitations in the use of her left arm, which would likely require shoulder replacement surgery. She asked the jury to award her nearly $1 Million.
Our client acknowledged there were recurrent issues with water seepage in the area where Plaintiff fell, but argued Plaintiff’s fall had nothing to do with the seepage issue, nor was it the result of a failure to properly maintain the garage.
Despite the challenging facts, the trial team argued successfully that Plaintiff’s fall was simply an accident and not the result of any negligence on the part of the client. After deliberations, the jury found in favor of our client and Plaintiff was awarded no damages.