Business owners in New York and across the nation are responsible for maintaining the safety of their premises for the public. While even the most minor preventable injuries are unacceptable, sometimes such accidents can have serious or even fatal consequences. In a case in a nearby state, the woman thankfully was not killed but did suffer a traumatic brain injury.
The injured woman recently filed a court complaint after she allegedly slipped and fell on an icy sidewalk outside a Lowe's. The complaint states that in February 2015 the woman fell due to the defective and dangerous condition of the ice- and snow-covered sidewalk leading into the store. The suit alleges that Lowe's did not properly warn the plaintiff of the hazardous sidewalk conditions.
The fall allegedly caused a traumatic brain injury accompanied by post-concussion syndrome, headaches, dizziness and balance deficits. Additionally, complaint says the woman suffered from a cervical sprain and left arm pain as well as emotional distress. Because of the company's failure to maintain safe premises, the woman suffered substantial injury for which she has already incurred significant medical expenses and will likely have more in the future, the suit claims. The complaint also says that she has a high risk of future physical harm because of the injuries she suffered.
The plaintiff is suing Lowe's Home Centers for an undisclosed amount, but an amount that attorneys estimate is likely to exceed $75,000. Lawsuits involving traumatic brain injury sometimes tend to involve higher damages sought and awarded due both to the devastating and often permanent nature of the physical suffering as well as the typically expensive ongoing medical treatment that is usually necessary. Anyone in New York who has suffered a brain injury or other significant personal injury due to the negligence or fault of another may wish to discuss options for seeking justice and compensation with an attorney with experience in similar cases.
Source: ctlawtribune.com, "Lowe's Suit Claims Shopper Suffered Traumatic Brain Injury", Robert Storace, March 22, 2017