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Jury awards $1.9 million to woman in slip-and-fall accident

When people enter a retail store in California and elsewhere, typically, they are focused on locating and purchasing the needed goods that brought them there in the first place. Many people, while searching shelves, reaching for products and perhaps even carrying on conversation with others may not notice they are walking on an unsafe surface, especially if there are no signs warning customers of unsafe conditions. Recently, a woman in another state was awarded $1.9 million for injuries she suffered in a slip-and-fall accident.

The incident happened in 2016 when the 47-year-old woman was buying sodas at a convenience store. She slipped and fell in a puddle of water, landing on her tailbone and her right hand. The water had collected in front of a bin of ice and beer. Following the fall, she went to a local emergency room and found she had two herniated discs in her neck, a complete tear in her rotator cuff, nerve damage in her wrist and an injury in her lumbar spine. The woman has already endured two surgeries and requires another surgery later this year, and since the accident, she has undergone physical therapy, pain management and spinal injections.

Reportedly, the store owner admitted he was aware of the potential of the ice bins to create an unsafe floor. However, as of the time of the fall, he had neglected to provide wet floor signs, mats or drainage buckets under the ice bin. According to a press release, the victim has said she was seeking compensation for past and future medical bills, as well as damages for severe and lifelong pain and suffering.

Every California resident has the right to expect safe conditions when shopping in a retail facility or lawfully entering any other public place. Anyone who has suffered serious injuries that may have resulted from an owner's negligence may consider looking into the options for legal recourse, as this woman did. An experienced personal injury lawyer can review individual case details and establish the best course of action.

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