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Jeffrey Meldon

Allstate Admits it has Dirty Hands

Allstate the "good hands" people have decided to forgo hundreds of millions of dollars in profits rather than show their "dirty hands" to Floridians. Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty…

Craig Cannon

$30,000 Verdict for Trip and Fall Victim

The City of Ocala appealed a jury verdict awarding $30,000 to Cathleen Donner for pain and suffering and medical expenses after she tripped and fell on uneven slabs of sidewalk in downtown Ocala. Donner suffered a fractured nose, broken teeth and knee injuries that later required surgery as a result of the fall. When the jury ruled in her favor in March, she thought her case against the City…

Craig Cannon

$12 Million Slip and Fall Verdict

A Hampton, Virginia jury awarded a Williamsburg woman more than $12.2 million in a slip-and-fall case. In August 2003, Annette Ritzmann was walking into what was then a Miller Mart on the corner of Lafayette Street and Richmond Road to buy a newspaper and pay for gas when she slipped on a small puddle caused by a leaky awning. She landed on her chest and chin, and a witness would later say the…

Shannon Weidemann

Legal Reforms and Tougher Juries Make Winning Slip & Fall Cases Difficult

In the last six years, the number of people winning a slip and fall injury case has decreased. Juries are putting much more personal responsibility on the plaintiff, especially after some very high profile cases with large awards. The biggest one to date is the woman who spilled coffee on her lap and was awarded $2.9 million. Lawyers are becoming pickier about what cases they take on;…