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March 27, 2011

Where Have I Been?

You may be wondering about the lack of posts recently.  Just so happens that I had several trials scheduled one every other week for the past several weeks.  I got trial ready for three of them, only to have two settle and one get postponed at the last minute.  The other did go to trial and resulted in a $250,000 verdict for my client.

The case involved injuries that my client suffered when she slipped and fell at the buffet in the Gold Strike Casino.  The proof at trial showed that the Gold Strike Casino's drink machine (which the "brass" at Gold Strike claimed did not exist, despite my client, her husband, her son and an honest Gold Strike employee all testified was there) was leaking and had been leaking for some time.  Apparently, the drink machine had leaked earlier in the day, resulting in Gold Strike employees cleaning up the water from the buffet's tile floor.  The employees, however, did not fix the leak, which resulted in additional water leaking onto the buffet floor.  My client's husband and son, who entered the buffet line about 20 minutes before my client, saw the water on the floor.

When my client returned from the restroom, she went directly to the buffet line, slipped in the water and broke her right elbow.  The injuries suffered by my client were severe, resulting in a permanent range of motion loss of 10 degrees.  Ten degrees may not sound like much, but it keeps her from doing various activities of daily living and will for the rest of her life.

While I asked for nearly twice as much as what the jury eventually awarded my client, Gold Strike thinks the verdict is completely unfair.  Crazy, I know, but that's what they think.  In my opinion and in the opinion of everyone I have told about the verdict, it is completely fair and deserved by my client.  Gold Strike needs to get over it and realize that, unlike the gamblers in its casinos, my client got a fair shake and won.  Justice prevailed.

I still have another trial in a couple of weeks and Gold Strike's post trial motions to respond to, but hopefully I will have more time to post in the near future.

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