$7.75 Million Slip & Fall Settlement

Note: The recoveries in these cases are not necessarily indicative of recoveries in similar cases in the future, since each case must be decided on its own facts and circumstances.

  • Settlement: $7.75 Million (4th largest among all 52)
  • Case type: Premises liability, slip & fall
  • Attorneys: Ward Marstiller, Michael Lantz and Walter Emroch, Richmond
  • Summary:An apartment tenant slipped and fell on a sheet of black ice while walking from the building to his car. He suffered tibia and fibula fractures and developed complications due to an underlying diabetic condition. He may eventually need a below-the-knee amputation.Plaintiff alleged that the defendant apartment owner and property manager failed to pre-treat the area prior to a major snowstorm, and failed to properly remove the snow and treat with salt or sand in the aftermath of the storm and during the “melt and re-freeze” cycle. Defendants contended they adequately maintained the premises, and plaintiff was contributorily negligent. The case settled at mediation.

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Million Dollar Settlements of 2012

Virginia Lawyers Weekly presented their survey of “Million Dollar Settlements of 2012,” their annual compilation of big settlements from across the commonwealth.

Criteria for the list are simple:

  1. The settlement must be for at least $1 million.
  2. The settlement was reached in calendar year 2012.
  3. The settlement involved a dispute with a strong Virginia component.

The 2012 survey features 52 settlements in total, and our firm had three as follows:

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