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Jury awards server $235,000 for on-the-job injuries due to fall

Many California residents are employed in the restaurant industry, and a significant number of those make their living waiting on tables. Although most jobs come with risk of some sort, this job, like any that is physically demanding, may carry more potential for on-the-job injuries. Unfortunately, injuries that do occur are sometimes a result of an employer's negligence. In a recent example, a jury awarded $235,000 to a waitress in another state who suffered a broken elbow after she slipped and fell on a wet floor in the restaurant at which she was employed.

The accident happened in May, 2015. According to the lawsuit, the restaurant owner forced the woman to serve his friends after the restaurant closed, even though she had told him the just-mopped tile floor was slippery. As a result, she slipped and fell, suffering a broken elbow. Her lawyer has issued a statement saying she required surgery due to the injury, and her surgeon testified that she has developed post-traumatic arthritis, a permanent condition in the elbow.

Reportedly, the restaurant had failed to maintain workers' compensation, prompting the server to sue. As well, apparently, the employer had promised to cover her medical bills, yet had failed to do so. The woman filed the lawsuit against the restaurant itself and the two owners; however, the jury verdict was against the restaurant only. The plaintiff was awarded $20,000 for physical pain and suffering, $15,000 for mental anguish and $200,000 for possible future damages. The defendant's lawyer has stated he intends to appeal the verdict.

People involved in accidents causing significant on-the-job injuries often endure years of physical pain and perhaps also emotional distress. Accident victims in jobs requiring a great deal of mobility, such as servers, may also end up unable to work, leading to unexpected financial difficulties. California residents who have experienced this type of unfortunate situation have the right to pursue a civil lawsuit, as this woman has done. An attorney experienced in this area of the law can review individual case details and explain legal options available to such a person.

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