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Slip & Fall At Grocery Store, Resulting In Ankle Injury

Around 6 am on a Saturday morning, B.B. went to the grocery store to pick up some orange juice and a few empty cardboard boxes for use in moving to her new home.

When B.B. was in the store, a janitor was scrubbing the floor with an automated cleaning machine. As B.B. walked down the back aisle of the store and turned a corner, she slipped in an spot of the store where the janitor had previously cleaned. The floor was still wet, and no warning signs had been posted.

After her fall, B.B. finished checking out her groceries and drove home. She felt pain in her right ankle and was limping. The next day, B.B. drove herself to the hospital emergency room, where she received x-rays for her ankle. B.B. was diagnosed with a fibular shaft fracture and was instructed to abstain from driving for several days and to follow-up with another physician in a week. She received a splint, wheelchair, and pain medication.

Following her ER visit, B.B. received an open reduction internal fixation of her right ankle. X-rays were also completed at the appointment–diagnosing B.B. with a ORIF distal fibular fracture. She was referred to an orthopedic doctor and physical therapist for additional care.

Although B.B. originally signed up with another attorney, her case was recommended to Kaufman Law for resolution. Kaufman Law took B.B.’s case to mediation in order to attain maximum compensation for their client. B.B., the maintenance company, and the grocery store manager received depositions in order to determine specific details of the incident. The case eventually settled for $125,000, and the grocery store was ordered to pay all fees incurred by the maintenance company.