*All names have been changed to protect case members’ identities.
The plaintiff, Javier, sued a local South Florida restaurant for personal injury when he slipped and fell on a wet floor on their property. Cohen & Cohen showed that the business was liable and won $250,000 in damages.
Javier, a local business owner, was invited to the defendant’s restaurant one evening around 5:00 pm. Prior to being seated, Javier went to the restroom. When he entered the room and began walking toward the urinals, he immediately slipped on a puddle of water on the floor. As he fell, Javier slammed his right shoulder against the base of the sink, landing on his back on the floor.
Javier suffered the following injuries as a direct result of the accident:
Javier was also required to keep his right arm completely immobilized in a sling for several weeks at a time while healing from these injuries.
We believed that the defendants were liable because the restaurant should have noticed and cleaned up the puddle immediately. Cohen & Cohen fought for these rights to be offered to Javier, and other future South Florida patrons:
Liability was clear in this premises liability case because:
Javier’s medical expenses surrounding the accident totaled more than $125,000. In addition, he had to fly his mother round-trip from New York to come and help him assist in everyday tasks while his arm was immobilized. He also lost income while healing, as he was not able to work.