Case Settled

Premises Liability

School At Fault for Uneven Pavement Causing Fall

On behalf of a client who tripped and fell while attending a back-to-school ice cream social with her grandchildren, Bill and Kent Winingham obtained a $525,000 settlement. A major construction project was underway at the school but had been halted a few weeks prior to the ice cream social because of a disagreement between the defendant contractors. Due to that delay, the asphalt was not finished in the parking lot, where over 1,000 attendees were invited to park and walk through.

As our client walked to the school after parking, she tripped on an unmarked, one and a half-inch elevation change in the payment—a result of the delay—and suffered a fractured arm, shoulder, and ankle, as well as a nerve injury. She required significant surgical intervention. The case was settled at mediation.


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