Demand
$75,000

Offer
None

Result
Defense Verdict

Venue
Centre County

Judge
Ruest

Attorney
Pamela V. Collis

Date
April 2012

Slip and fall on ice

Plaintiff was visiting her family at the Defendants’ apartment complex and alleged to have slipped on black ice while traversing the parking lot at night on her way home.

She sustained a right ankle injury for which she underwent surgery and claimed a permanent disability and lost future earning capacity due to her inability to stand on the ankle for extended periods.

The jury found no negligence on the part of the Defendant and rendered a defense verdict.


Demand
$300,000

Offer
$50,000

Result
Defense Verdict

Venue
Armstrong County

Judge
Vilasak

Attorney
Paul J. Walsh III

Date
April 2004

Tent pole knocked over / alleged head injury

The Plaintiff alleged that she sustained a head injury after being struck with a 12-foothigh, 30-pound tent pole that was knocked over and struck her on the back of the head, rendering her unconscious. The Defendant personal care home was alleged to be negligent in the erection of a large tent built for an auction on its premises.

This 36 year-old Plaintiff alleged that as a result of this head injury, she was unable to work for the rest of her life and would require future medical treatment. The Defendant personal care home successfully argued that there was insufficient evidence to prove it negligently erected the tent thus causing this accident. Furthermore, the Plaintiff clearly had recovered from the alleged closed head injury if, in fact, she sustained the same from this accident.

The jury entered a defense verdict after a three-day trial.


Demand
$125,000

Offer
$10,000

Result
$506 verdict for the Plaintiff

Venue
Westmoreland County

Judge
Caruso

Date
February 2003

Trip and fall / bilateral elbow fractures

While setting up a booth for the 1997 Fort Ligonier Days Celebration, the Plaintiff tripped and fell on a stump between hedges on her way into a parking lot.

The defense offered evidence that the Plaintiff chose to use a short cut to the parking lot instead of an available paved lot entrance and sidewalk only several feet away. She fell and fractured both of her elbows and claimed an aggravation of a pre-existing mental health condition.

The jury awarded only $506 for the Plaintiff.


Demand
$275,000

Offer
None

Result
Defense Verdict

Venue
Allegheny County

Judge
Bladwin

Attorney
Paul J. Walsh III

Date
November 2001

Fall down at shopping mall / back injury requiring fusion

This case arose out of an alleged trip and fall that occurred on a sidewalk at a shopping mall. The 36 year-old pregnant Plaintiff sustained a torn meniscus in the left knee which required arthroscopic surgery in addition to a permanent back injury requiring a fusion.

The Plaintiff claimed lost future earnings of approximately $250,000, along with lost wages of $20,752.

A verdict was entered for the defense.