E.H. was a retired handyman who had worked with a carpet mill company for many years. Since he was disabled, E.H. walked using a cane for support.
E.H. went grocery shopping one day, and while he was shopping, he stepped onto a piece of a clear plastic pricing strip that had fallen from a shelf and was laying on the floor. E.H. slipped on the plastic strip, his cane went out from under him, and he fell hard to the ground and landed on his head, back, and shoulders.
E.H. was taken to the emergency department of a nearby hospital via ambulance. He was diagnosed with a concussion and aggravation of a prior neck injury from several years ago that involved the fusion of spinal vertebrae at L1-L2 and L4-L5.
Over the next several months, E.H. was seen by nine medical professionals to properly diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate his multiple injuries sustained in the fall. He suffered from continuous pain in his neck and back, in addition to numbness in his arms and weakness in his legs, especially in his right leg. His injuries included several bulging discs. Surgery was required to rectify E.H.’s neck and back injuries.
We filed suit in E.H.’s case and ultimately reached a settlement of $350,000. Unfortunately, E.H. passed away (unrelated to the fall) before the settlement was reached; however, his settlement proceeds were passed on to family members who used the money to pay his medical expenses and coordinate a beautiful ceremony for him. E.H.’s surviving family members took comfort in knowing that the offending grocery store was held accountable for their negligence, and that E.H. knew that before he passed.