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$1,007,000 Verdict – Falling Merchandise Resulting in Fracture (Miami-Dade County) starstarstarstarstar

Big box stores are popular because of the merchandise they have available for purchase, the quantities they have, and their prices.  But stores have a responsibility to the shopping public to keep their stores safe for customers.  This is particularly true for “warehouse” stores, which keep their stock out in the sales area.

John Elliott Leighton was hired to represent a woman who was shopping at a big box (Costco) store.  She was shopping for paper goods in the aisle with her husband.  When she attempted to take a package of toilet paper from the shelf, the entire case of toilet paper fell on her, knocking her down and causing a severe leg fracture.  The fracture was so severe it required surgeries and an external fixator protruding through her skin. A business owner, her injuries interfered in her work and lifestyle. She was unable to engage in the lifestyle and activities she did every day before her injury.   Costco denied all responsibility and the case went to trial. Mr. Leighton tried the case in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court and obtained a verdict for our client of $1,007,000Godur v. Costco, 2001 WL 1783031 (Miami-Dade County Circuit Court).

 

 

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