Victim in hotel slip-and-fall accident gets $1.2 million

A victim from Oklahoma's neighboring state of Texas is slated to receive $1.2 million in connection with a slip-and-fall accident in a Midwestern hotel. News sources indicate that the 54-year-old Texas woman was injured when she fell at the Courtyard by Marriott Bettendorf in the Quad Cities region. That accident, which occurred in late January 2010, left the woman with an injured ankle after she slipped and fell on an icy sidewalk owned by the hotel. The wounds caused by those dangerous property conditions left the woman with a permanent limp. She endured two separate surgeries after the accident.

Marriott International officials say they intend to appeal the judgment. Marriott presented evidence during the jury trial that employees had tested the sidewalks and deemed them "perfectly safe." However, that testimony was balanced by information from other courses, such as ambulance workers and independent witnesses. Those people said the icy sidewalk seemed dangerous.

The plaintiff in this case was found to have a 2 percent liability for her own injuries. In other words, the business was 98 percent responsible for the outcome caused by the hazardous conditions. Marriott representatives said they believed the jury may have been misdirected throughout the four-day trial, which is why the plaintiff ultimately received financial damages. The jury apparently found the information from emergency responders and witnesses to be more credible than the testimony provided by hotel workers.

The victim in this case now suffers permanent disability because of the negligent property owner. Oklahoma personal injury attorneys may be able to help such victims, along with those who have lost a loved one, because of a dangerous property condition. An Oklahoma attorney may be able to provide additional information about legal rights and options.

Source: Quad City-Times, "Marriott will appeal $1.2M slip-and-fall verdict" Brian Wellner, Feb. 26, 2014

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