Missouri Slip and Fall Case Leads to $200,000 Settlement


Attorney A.W. Smith received a settlement agreement of $200,000 in September 2009 for a slip and fall case in a major retail department store.

*The names of the Plaintiff and Defendant in this case are confidential.

On April 7, 2007 the Plaintiff slipped and fell in the cosmetics section of a major retail store on a loose eye pencil. The pencils had been kept in an open display case. The fall led to a fractured hip, which required surgery. Following the surgery, the hip became infected. About one year later, the Plaintiff endured another surgery to replace the entire hip.

Due to these surgeries, along with doctor visits and other medical expenses, lost wages totaled $75,000 in medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Originally, the store made no offers, and showed no signs of settling. Employees testified that the pencils weren’t there when the Plaintiff slipped, or that she didn’t slip on the pencils, and rather her own shoes.

However, the settlement offer went up to $200,000 from the Plaintiff’s request when Attorney A.W. Smith revealed who his experts would be: a former store manager and a professional engineer who would testify to the lack of safety of the location of the eye pencils.

The A.W. Smith Law Firm in Columbia handles wrongful slip and fall cases all over the State of Missouri. If you have questions about how to choose a law firm that is equipped to handle your slip and fall case, please contact us today at 573-443-7300 or visit are website at www.awsmithlaw.com. The A.W. Smith Law Firm has recovered millions in settlments and verdicts in serious injury and wrongful death cases.