Premises/Fall Liability Cases

Client v. Defendant (Iowa 2009)

Facts: Client was asked by his friend to help move from a rental property the defendant owned. The property was in bad condition, and the client was injured when he stepped on the steps leading into the property.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm obtained a settlement on the eve of trial for the client.

Client v. Defendant (Iowa 2009)

Facts: An HVAC worker was called out to a house to perform a repair. The weather conditions in the days prior had not been favorable in the days prior. Client slipped on ice when entering the house.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm obtained a significant settlement on behalf of the client.

Client v. Defendant (Iowa 2008)

Facts: A 67 year old woman slipped and fell on a wet substance at a restaurant while exiting the store. She suffered a fractured patella. Defendant defended the case by asserting due care because yellow warning codes were present in a different location and comparative fault because our client was leaving the store.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm obtained a confidential six-figure settlement.

Client v. Apartment Complex (Iowa 2008)

Facts: A 76 year old woman slipped and fell on ice outside of her apartment complex in Northeast Iowa. She suffered a torn rotator cuff in the fall. The apartment complex failed to remove ice that had been on the sidewalk for many days. Defendant defended the case by asserting due care and comparative fault.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm obtained a settlement in the amount of $63,500 on behalf of its client.

Client v. Davenport Casino (Iowa 2008)

Facts: A young man suffered a torn rotator cuff when he slipped and fell on mud that had accumulated on the sidewalk during the grand opening of a Davenport Casino. The fall was caught on video. The video showed that the mud was hidden by the shade from an overhand.

Verdict: Settlement was reached against numerous defendants prior to trial. The remaining defendant was taken to trial in Scott County. The jury returned a verdict in favor of The Beattie Law Firm’s client, assessing damages at $163,000.

Varner v. Hy-Vee, et. al. (Iowa 2008 Trial)

Facts: The client of The Beattie Law Firm slipped and fell on a wet floor at Hy-Vee in Des Moines. She suffered a broken knee. The floor had just been cleaned and polished moments before her fall, but no warning of the wet floor was present. Claims were filed against the cleaning company and Hy-Vee.

Verdict: The cleaning company settled prior to trial for $25,000. The Beattie Law Firm went to trial against Hy-Vee and obtained a verdict in favor of its client. The Polk County jury assessed damages at $45,000+.

Davenport v. Defendant (Iowa 2005)

Facts: Mr. Davenport slipped and fell in a movie theatre, hitting his head on the ground. He suffered a permanent head injury.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm secured a settlement of $300,000 on behalf of its client.

Bangs v. Pioneer Janitorial of Ames, Inc. (Iowa 1999 Trial)

Facts: The client of The Beattie Law Firm was a K-Mart employee. Pioneer Janitorial was the janitorial service hired by K-Mart to clean the premises. Before store hours, Ms. Bangs walked down an aisle that had just been cleaned and waxed by Pioneer Janitorial. No warning sign had been posted by Pioneer Janitorial. Ms. Bangs fractured her hip in the fall.

Verdict: The case was tried to a Story County jury. The jury returned a verdict of$200,000+. The case was appealed by Pioneer Janitorial and overturned by the Iowa Supreme Court. On retrial, a Story County jury once again returned a verdict of $200,000+ to the client of The Beattie Law Firm.