Our client parked her vehicle in a parking lot on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. There was construction work being done in and around the building she was entering. As she walked near her vehicle, she slipped on a transparent slippery substance and landed on her shoulder. Unfortunately, our client had recently undergone a rotator cuff surgery and had just began physical therapy. After returning to her surgeon, he noted that the shoulder had been re-torn and would require another surgery. Our client underwent a second rotator cuff surgery, and after many months of rehabilitation and therapy, her shoulder was still limited in function. Her surgeon confirmed that second shoulder surgery was not successful and that further surgery was likely needed.
As with many slip and fall cases, the insurance company for the property owner disputed liability and asserted that our client had pre-existing medical conditions. Fortunately, we worked with our client to fully document the circumstances that caused the fall. We had extensive photographic evidence of the parking lot and of her injuries. Her surgeon also was able to confirm that the fall had required her to need the second and future surgery. Lastly, our firm hired a life care planner to document her limitations and develop a monetary value on future medical needs and care.
As a result, we were able to obtain a substantial settlement for our client without the necessity of filing suit.