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Defense Verdict in a Slip and Fall Case.

Francesca A. Ippolito-Craven | June 22, 2016

Francesca A. Ippolito-Craven, Nicole M. Ellis, and Ariella J. Gutman, of the Miami office, obtained a complete defense verdict in a slip and fall case where it was highly speculative as to whether the incident had occurred. The Plaintiff was adamant that she slipped and fell at the client’s premises after heavy rain. However, no one at our client’s restaurant was aware of the incident. The Plaintiff called Fire Rescue outside of the premises in the parking lot and EMS drafted a report of "no complaints." In addition, the Plaintiff admitted to calling her attorney six minutes after EMS had departed the scene. Furthermore, former employees working on the date of the incident testified on behalf of our client, that no complaints had been reported by the Plaintiff.

Francesca highlighted the holes in Plaintiff's testimony through witnesses and documents obtained, Nicole conducted closing argument, and Ariella assisted in trial motion practice, and preparation of witnesses. This led to a complete defense verdict by the jury and in addition, a Proposal for Settlement had been filed early in the case by the defense.

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