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Case Conclusion Date: May 11, 2010
Practice Area: Slip and Fall Accident
Outcome: Settlement of $400,000.00
Description: On January 17, 2006, at approximately 4:00 p.m., our client, a 42 year old woman, pulled into what she believed to be the parking lot of a local jewelry store. (It was later determined that this parking lot was owned by the adjacent property owner). As our client exited her vehicle, she shut the door, took one step before her feet came out from under her, and fell due to an accumulation of ice in the parking lot. As a result of the fall, our client sustained a fractured ankle, fractured wrist, and a shoulder injury, all three of which required surgical repair and resulted in permanent injuries. The adjacent property owner claimed they were not responsible for our client’s injuries because she was a “trespasser”. Through the careful use of depositions and onsite investigations, Attorney Kopsick and Attorney Willis were able to demonstrate that payments were solicited from the adjacent property owner in exchange for the use of the parking lot in question. Attorney Willis and Attorney Kopsick were able to demonstrate how this revelation changed our client’s legal status on the land from “trespasser” to “business invitee”, and the result was a mediated settlement of $400,000.