A mother and her three-year old son, our client, had just arrived at a Portland, Oregon clothing store. He asked his mother if he could use the restroom. She was leading him to the restroom when he ran into a fire extinguisher. The flimsy wall hanger holding up the eighteen-pound extinguisher broke and the fire extinguisher fell on our client’s hand, nearly amputating his tiny fingers when it hit the ground.
Our client’s mother was understandably terrified by the accident, and she thought the store ought to cover her son’s medical expenses. But, when she tried to hold them responsible, they denied liability. They argued that the fire extinguisher was properly attached to the wall and that her son had been running around the store out of control. To add insult to injury, they told her she should have been watching him more closely. If the client’s mother had been terrified by the accident, now she was angry and frustrated with the store for denying her son’s claim in this premises liability accident. She contacted us, expert Portland, Oregon Personal Injury Attorneys, for help in settling the claim.
I immediately filed a lawsuit to move the case into litigation so we could oppose their denial. A fire safety expert confirmed that the fire extinguisher was not only not properly attached to the wall but was also in violation of Oregon’s fire code. After talking to the fire safety expert, I also deposed two former managers from the store who testified that the fire extinguisher had fallen before, and they had both thought it should have been mounted in a secure glass cabinet to avoid just such an accident as befell our client.
Faced with the evidence of the former manager’s testimonies and the fire safety expert’s opinion, the clothing store agreed to mediate the case. I was able to negotiate an excellent settlement for our client, sparing the already stressed family a jury trial. The money won in the settlement was placed in a trust for our client’s future medical care and college expenses.
With the help of an expert personal injury attorney, our client and his family were able to recover medical expenses and get the settlement they deserved. If you’re in a similiar situation, we can help. One of our expert Portland, Oregon Personal Injury Attorneys will be happy to discuss your Portland, Oregon Personal Injury case with you. Call us now: 888-700-4337