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$225,000 Settlement to Woman Injured in a Slip on a Wet Floor
$225,000 Settlement to Woman Injured in a Slip on a Wet Floor

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$225,000 Settlement to Woman Injured in a Slip on a Wet Floor



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Our client was injured at her workplace in Newport News when she was crossing a floor that a janitor was stripping and waxing. Our client was leaving the place of employment for the day. The video cameras in the facility reportedly did not work that day to show the event.

The janitorial service was provided by an outside contractor. Our client said the janitor waved her on and she ended up crossing the wet area.

She fell onto the floor and suffered an injury to her neck, right shoulder, right hand, right hip and low back. Of all of the injuries she sustained, the shoulder injury proved to be the most troubling.

Our client required surgery to correct a full thickness tear of the rotator cuff. Her surgeon initially treated the shoulder injury through arthroscopy and later by shoulder manipulation under anesthesia with open repair.

The severity of our client’s injuries illustrate how a slip and fall can lead to serious health issues and complications. A lawsuit was filed against the cleaning company by John Cooper of Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers.

The case was complicated by the fact the janitor claimed he had told our client not to proceed across the treated floor. He claimed he was trying to find a way to dry a safe path for her, when she rushed across the slippery floor.

Although some signs urging caution were displayed way across the room, there was a dispute about whether any signs were visible to our client on her approach. Independent witnesses gave conflicting information about the incident.


The case was resolved by a settlement reached at mediation about a month before a trial in Newport News Circuit Court. Our client had a large workers’ compensation lien that John Cooper successfully got waived in its entirety as part of the negotiations in exchange for the workers’ compensation file being closed.  The case was settled for $225,000.

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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