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$1.7M Settlement in NJ Slip and Fall Lawsuit

Posted on June 24th, 2011 No Comments

A New Jersey woman has settled  a slip and fall lawsuit for $1.7 million.

According to court documents, Tessara Restaurant in Hamilton, New Jersey will pay Cynthia Vena $1.7 million to settle a lawsuit she filed after she fell down the restaurant’s steps in January 2008. Edward Slaughter, Vena’s attorney, said his 59 year-old client slipped off a cement stoop being used as a smoking deck and suffered a skull fracture and a brain contusion that required several surgeries and months of rehabilitation.

As a result of her injuries, Vena cannot work, drive a car, or even leave the house by herself. She requires round-the-clock monitoring.

“Her quality of life has been completely diminished,” Slaughter said. “She used to be a vital person who worked to contribute to the family income. Now she’s completely dependent on her husband.”

Vena’s lawsuit centered on the restaurant’s illegal use of the emergency exit and porch outside as a de facto smoking lounge. The lawsuit also claimed the signal identifying when the door was opening had been disengaged and the porch outside did not meet code requirements.

If you need assistance with a similar premises liability lawsuit, please contact the San Antonio Slip and Fall Lawyers of Chris Mayo Injury Lawyers by calling (210) 999-9999.


Man Killed in San Antonio Auto Accident

Posted on June 7th, 2011 No Comments

A man was killed in a San Antonio auto accident Saturday night.

According to officials with the San Antonio Police Department, 20 year-old Johnathan Martinez was pronounced dead at Brooke Army Medical Center shortly after 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Police say he was involved in a car accident on Interstate 35 near Loop 410 West.

According to the Bexar County medical examiner’s office, Martinez was speeding while traveling north on Interstate 35 when he lost control of his vehicle. His car collided with a bridge pillar, police said, and Martinez became pinned in the wreckage. Response crews worked for about an hour to free Martinez.

He was transported to BAMC with compound fractures and chest trauma.

Police are unsure if alcohol was a factor in the accident.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family and friends during this extremely difficult time.

Staple Center Named in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Posted on June 3rd, 2011 No Comments

Los Angeles’ Staples Center has been named in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a toddler who fell to his death from a skybox during a Lakers game last year.

According to Los Angeles Superior Court documents, the family of 2 year-old Lucas Tang claims Anschutz Entertainment Group and L.A. Arena Co. did not warn fans about the “dangerous” design of the luxury boxes in the Staples Center. The Tang family is seeking an unspecified amount of damages and an injunction that would require taller barriers in front of the luxury boxes.

According to the lawsuit, Tang fell between 30 and 50 feet from a third-level luxury box just minutes after the conclusion of the Lakers’ game against Golden State on November 20. Tang suffered massive head injuries and died at a hospital later that night.

The lawsuit claims that “in order to obtain the highest price possible for use of the luxury boxes, the Staples Center designed and maintains the luxury boxes in a dangerous condition.”

Attorney for the Tang family, Scott Wellman, said that “beyond providing some measure of compensation to the grieving family,” the purpose of the wrongful death lawsuit is to “compel Staples Center to prevent similar accidents from happening again, even if installing basic safety features reduces the maximum price it can charge for tickets.”

If you need assistance with a wrongful death lawsuit, please contact the San Antonio Wrongful Death Lawyers of Chris Mayo Injury Lawyers by calling (210) 999-9999.

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