Starbucks Slip and Fall Results in $7.5 Million Civil Lawsuit
A trip to a Starbucks turned treacherous when a man slipped and fell in the store, leaving him with a brain injury. After purchasing a drink, the man fell while walking across a freshly mopped area of tile. The man hit his head on the ground as a result of the fall.
The 51-year-old man filed a lawsuit after initially diagnosed with a concussion by his doctor, which was later upgraded to mild brain trauma. The man complained about recurring nausea, fatigue, migraines, stating that he was unable to return to his profession as a chiropractor due to the injury. Due to the injury, the man was forced to endure in excess of a year of brain-injury therapy.
Starbucks had originally attempted to settle the civil lawsuit for up to $100,000. The amount was deemed unsatisfactory by the victim, and thus was turned down.
The Starbucks manager testified that multiple "wet floor" cones had been placed to alert customers of the slippery floor. This was contradicted by witness testimonies that only one cone was visible. The family claimed that the business had not taken proper safety precautions, as the one cone that was present was not even adjacent to the wet floor.
Following a review of the case, the Superior Court jury deemed Starbucks responsible for the man's suffering. The coffee giant was ordered to pay the man and his family $7.5 million.
While apologetic for the man's injury in their store, Starbucks was unhappy with the judgment. The company stated that they were "disappointed with the size of the verdict," claiming that the $100,000 settlement they had originally offered was more than fair. The company said, "We are reviewing the decision to determine what, if any, steps we may take in response."
Starbucks also stated that "providing a safe environment for our customers is always a top priority for us at Starbucks."
If you have been injured as a result of negligent safety practices at a business, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering, and medical expenses. Contact one of our personal injury attorneys for more information.