WATKIN PERSONAL INJURY WINBy: admin | 0 Comments
CLARK WATKIN, OF COUNSEL TO MUNGER CHADWICK, P.L.C., OBTAINS $650,000 PERSONAL INJURY VERDICT FOR CLIENT
Clark Watkin, Of Counsel to Munger Chadwick, P.L.C., obtained a significant win for his client, a real estate agent who suffered traumatic injuries from a fall at house she was trying to sell for its owners. On previous visits to the house, a 22-inch wide and 6-foot deep “cistern” dug into the floor of the breakfast room—which Mr. Watkin’s client had not known about—had always been covered and was unnoticeable. However, on the day Mr. Watkin’s client was injured, one of the owners’ workers had cleaned it out and failed to replace the cover. Mr. Watkin’s client fell backward into the hole and was severely injured, resulting in permanent damage to her leg.
Mr. Watkin argued that, as a business invitee, his client was owed the highest level of care by the property owner, and that the owner was were liable for the negligence of her worker and for the creation of an unreasonably dangerous condition. In addition to the extremely painful and permanent injury she suffered, Mr. Watkin’s client incurred roughly $75,000 in medical expenses and $25,000 in lost earnings as a result of the accident. After settlement and mediation efforts proved fruitless, Mr. Watkin and his client took the case to trial. The jury deliberated for less than two hours and returned a verdict in favor of Mr. Watkin’s client for $650,000, with only minor adjustment for apportionment of responsibility.
Clark Watkin and The Watkin Law Office, P.C. are Of Counsel to Munger Chadwick, P.L.C. You may contact The Watkin Law Office at 480-347-9804 or visit www.watkinlaw.com for more information.