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Cooper Hurley Client Hurt in a Ramp Fall is Awarded $600,000

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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.

ramp fall client awarded $600,000

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.



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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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