Cooper Hurley Client Hurt in a Ramp Fall is Awarded $600,000
When we think of a defective building, we often think of loose floors, railings or unstable stairs. However, buildings can fail to comply with codes in less obvious ways and it’s often the most vulnerable people who suffer. In a recent case, attorneys at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers represented an 83-year-old woman hurt in a ramp fall.
All cases are different and no case result is indicative of a future one but our client was awarded $600,000 in this case.
A report in Virginia Lawyers Weekly noted an elderly woman was leaving a commercial premises in Hampton Roads, Virginia, when she lost her balance on an entrance-way ramp.
The 83-year-old woman walked with the assistance of a cane. She was unable to balance herself when the ramp caused her to trip. The ramp fall was captured on the building’s video cameras.
The woman was taken to the emergency room for treatment of a fractured skull after her head hit the pavement. She remained in intensive care for five days. Doctors diagnosed her with a subdural hematoma. She was monitored before she was transferred to rehabilitation.
Analysis of the woman’s MRIs found symptoms consistent with a traumatic brain injury and indicated a need for full-time in-home care.
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers John Cooper and Michael Snellings represented the elderly woman. They hired an architectural consultant who discovered the walkway fell outside the permissible bounds of steepness under Virginia and other building codes. Subsequent repairs were carried out at the building that included the fitting of a handrail.
Defense experts contested the idea that the woman had continuing TBI symptoms after six weeks. They claimed many of the symptoms the woman suffered were a result of her age rather than the fall.
However, the graphic video of the fall strengthened the plaintiff’s case. The matter settled a week after mediation for $600,000.
Ramp Fall Case Highlights How Buildings Can Be Dangerous
The case highlights how buildings can be dangerous if they don’t meet standards. At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we take on many premises liability cases. They may be slip and fall cases at box stores, accidents at hotel in swimming pools or from faulty wiring in the rooms, or at fast-food restaurants. We have written Top 10 Tips If You Are Injured At a Store, Hotel or Restaurant in Virginia.
The effects of a brain injury can be truly frightening and life changing. If you have been hurt at a business, please call us at (757) 455-0077 and ask for our Virginia premises liability team.