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$1.2 million awarded to woman in slip-and-fall lawsuit

The never-ending stream of polar vortexes have made many residents of the United States worn down and weary of the seemingly relentless ice, snow and frigid temperatures. It goes without saying that such weather can pose hazards to people who have to walk on snow and ice-covered streets, sidewalks and parking lots. Maryland readers may be interested to hear of a significant award handed down in a recent slip-and-fall injury case.

A woman who had stayed at a Courtyard by Marriott hotel has been awarded a substantial $1.2 million jury award after she slipped and fell on some ice that was outside the hotel she was visiting. The fall caused the woman to break her ankle, an injury that necessitated two operational procedures. She now suffers arthritis in the injured ankle and limps when she walks. The premises liability trial took four days to complete. Marriott International maintains that safety is a priority at their establishments and they plan to appeal the jury's decision. Two witnesses and the ambulance personnel testified in favor of the woman's case.

Property owners in general have the duty to keep their premises safe from known dangers, including ice and snow. It should come as no surprise that icy or snow-covered sidewalks require shoveling or the application of sand or road salt to make them safe to walk on again. Unfortunately, when a property owner neglects to make these simple fixes, they could find themselves the center of a premises liability suit brought by injured victims. Victims of slip-and-fall accidents could injure themselves in ways that necessitate long-term medical expenses, such as numerous surgical procedures, physical therapy and other forms of rehabilitation.

Maryland residents who have been injured in slip-and-fall accidents may soon find themselves facing a mountain of unpaid and unmanageable financial expenses. However, there are legal remedies available to such victims that would allow them to be compensated these expenses, so that they can focus on their recovery.

Source: Quad-City Times, "Marriott will appeal $1.2M slip and fall verdict," Brian Wellner, Feb. 26, 2014

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