$342,000 Federal Court Verdict for Fall in Department Store

One day, while shopping at a major department store, our client, a retired teacher, tripped and fell over a bolt of cloth which had been left, hidden, under a rack of clothes. She fell and broke her shoulder.

Her shoulder was so badly broken that she needed surgery for a partial shoulder replacement. This led to a long period of physical therapy and rehabilitation. Despite her best efforts, our client was left with some permanent disability to her shoulder.

We sued the department store in Federal Court. During trial, the lawyer for the store finally admitted that the bolt of cloth should never have been left where it was.

The jury returned a verdict of $342,000 for our client.