Case Conclusion Date: 01.01.2011
Practice Area: Slip and fall accident
Outcome: $400,000 awarded to client
Description: $400,000 for client with herniated discs after stepping in a pothole. The defendant was the City of Philadelphia. The City of Philadelphia initially refused to make any offers because they argued that the pothole had been there for months, was only about 100 feet from where the client lived, and the client had acknowledged that he knew the pothole was there. Mr. Heslin did exhaustive legal research and was able to uncover a little-known theory called "momentary inadvertence" which can effectively excuse someone from stepping into a pothole, even when they already know the pothole is there. The judge accepted this theory and the result was $400,000.