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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.


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