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Sheeley Laws Obtains Over $100,000 for Client Injured in a Slip & Fall Accident

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Sheeley Law represented a 79-year old women who suffered injuries due to a “Slip and Fall” accident that occurred while attending a performance at a local theatre. While she and members of her party were making their way to their seats in the balcony section, they had to walk down a set of stairs which had a railing that prematurely ended, causing her to subsequently fall.  The victim broke her fall with her left hand, fell onto her right side and hit her head on an object located at the bottom of the stairs.


The police were the first to arrive at the scene, followed by the ambulance. Due to the physical layout of the staircase, our client could not be brought down the stairs on a stretcher and had to exit the theater via narrow fire escape stairs. The show was delayed by approximately 45 minutes due to an "emergency medical situation."


Our client’s accident was a direct of the insufficient length of the railing, poor lighting, poorly marked steps, and a lack of signage to warn patrons of the hazards in the building. In fact, there had been multiple complaints regarding the steps and the dangerous conditions navigating the area prior to this incident. However, it took a Slip and Fall accident for the theatre to take all the necessary remedial actions.


As a result of the theater’s negligence, the victim required medical treatment from a hospital, primary care physician, orthopedic surgeon and occupational therapist. She was diagnosed with a fractured wrist, as well as head, knee and spine injuries, and suffered considerable pain and suffering. 


All-in-all, our client’s medical expenses totaled approximately $40,000.

Our Approach

Slip and fall cases can be very hard to win without the involvement of a personal injury attorney specializing in this type of accident. The onus is on the injured party to prove that both:


  1. the owner/tenant of the premises (or an employee) either caused the dangerous condition; knew of the dangerous condition and failed to correct it properly and in a timely manner; or “should have known” a dangerous condition was present; and

  2. the victim’s injury was a direct result of the dangerous or hazardous condition.


Attorney Ann Sheeley has more than 25 years of experience with Slip and Fall cases and has the specific knowledge required to navigate the complex world of insurance and negotiate aggressively in order to obtain the compensation her clients need and deserve. 


One of the first steps we take is to thoroughly examine the details surrounding the incident, gather evidence, including the accident report, medical records, witness statements and photographs, and build a strong case on our client’s behalf.


Next, we work with our client’s various medical providers to gather all past, present and future medical bills. However, we don’t stop there. Attorney Ann Sheeley will fight to make sure her clients receive compensation for pain and suffering. Slip and Fall accidents can have life-altering consequences. In this particular case, our client endured an incredible amount of pain and discomfort from everyday activities, such getting dressed, combing her hair, and even walking, sitting, standing and sleeping, all due to the theatre’s negligence.

The Result

By exploring all possible avenues and demanding a fair settlement, Sheeley Law was able to obtain more than $100,000 for her client, which covered $40,000 in medical expenses and $60,000 in pain and suffering. Our clients can count on Sheeley Law to stand by their side every step of the way, protect their rights and fight for the compensation they deserve.

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