A 54-year-old Nebraska grandmother brought her grandson to a local fast food restaurant after picking him up from swim practice. They walked in, placed their order, and ate their food. As they were leaving, the grandmother slipped on ice on the sidewalk right in front of the restaurant.

Our Client Suffered a Serious Knee Injury

An ambulance was called after the grandmother fell and couldn’t get up. She injured her knee and spent nine days in the hospital because the swelling in her knee wouldn’t go down enough to discharge her.

She was eventually discharged to an in-patient rehabilitation facility where she spent another nine days because she couldn’t bear weight on her knee. Following her in-patient rehab treatment, she continued to receive outpatient physical therapy until she eventually made a good recovery.

Overcoming Defense Arguments to Make a Fair Settlement

The defendant argued that it was not responsible for our client’s injuries because:

  • The weather was bad.
  • Our client should have looked where she was going.
  • Our client entered the restaurant the same way she exited the restaurant, and therefore just lost her footing due to her own negligence.
  • Our client was already disabled and couldn’t work.

Attorney Matthew A. Lathrop found a witness who saw the grandmother fall. The witness happened to work in the lawn services and snow removal industry. He couldn’t believe that the restaurant did not put anything down to treat the icy sidewalk. This witness signed a statement that our office provided to the restaurant’s insurance company.

Our client initially hired us to get her medical bills paid. We were able to get the insurance company to pay her medical bills and an additional $87,000 for her injuries.

Let Us Overcome Obstacles in Your Slip and Fall Case

The Law Office of Matthew A. Lathrop prepares every slip and fall case as if it is going to trial. We will gather all the evidence, talk to all the witnesses, and assemble focus groups to build the strongest case that we can on your behalf. We will fight to get you the damages you deserve, even if the property owner aggressively defends itself. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation at our Omaha office or a virtual meeting.