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$ 1,000,000.00Settlement

Premises Liability

Crushing of the leg

Description:
The case involved a 42-year-old homeowner who had hired the defendant to do some landscaping work in conjunction with construction of his new home. At some point during the work the defendant invited the plaintiff to operate the bobcat (Skid Loader). While carrying a load of earth in the bucket, the bobcat suddenly tipped forward. The plaintiff was thrown from the seat. His leg was trapped between the bucket and the frame of the bobcat. He attempted to extricate himself by operating the bucket control lever. He pushed the lever in the wrong direction causing a severe crush injury to his right leg.
$ 1,000,000.00Settlement

Premises Liability

Burn

Description:
A 2-year-old boy suffered severe scald burns from excessively hot water in an apartment building bathtub when his babysitter momentarily left him unattended and he climbed into the tub. The settlement was paid by the apartment building owner and the hot water heater manufacturer.
$ 625,000.00Settlement

Slip and Fall

Memory impairment and mental confusion. She and her husband had to move into an assisted living facility

Description:
The case involved a very healthy and self-sufficient 79-year-old woman on her way to a beauty salon appointment at 50th & France in Edina. She parked her car in a public parking lot owned by the City of Minneapolis. She stepped out of her car and slipped on the icy pavement. She had an egg shaped bump on the back of her head. She was diagnosed with an intracranial hemorrhage.
$ 450,000.00Settlement

Premise Liability

Facial and hand burns

Description:
The case involved a 13-year-old boy who was severely burned in a gasoline explosion and fire. The boy entered the basement without the landlord's permission (allegedly). He said he was going to get his bike. No bikes were in the basement. He then knocked over a can of gas which was ignited by the water heater.
$ 400,000.00Jury Verdict

Slip and Fall

Traumatic Brian Injury

Description:
The case involved a young man who slipped on the ice and fell outside of a restaurant. He struck his head on the ground causing him to have short-term memory loss. The defendant denied negligence and offered zero before trial.