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ARTICLE ID 185420

$________ Admiralty – Slip and fall in cooking oil aboard cruise ship – Knee injury claimed – Two surgeries performed.

Hillsborough County, FL

The plaintiff was a wedding guest on board one of the defendant’s cruise ships, when she claimed that she slipped and fell as a result of cooking oil on the floor. The defendant denied notice of the spill and disputed the injuries which the plaintiff claimed to have sustained as a result of the fall.

The plaintiff was a 45-year-old female when the fall occurred on May 17, ________. She alleged two left knee injuries stemming from the accident; a tear to the anterior horn of the medial meniscus discovered during arthroscopic surgery performed on October 2, ________ and a new tear to the posterior horn of the medial meniscus that occurred on October 5, ________ while the plaintiff was gardening. The plaintiff’s treating physician causally related both knee injuries to the subject fall. The plaintiff claimed in excess of $________ in past medical expenses and plaintiff’s counsel requested total damages of $________ during closing statements.

The defendant maintained that, while a previous oil spill had been cleaned in the same general vicinity earlier in the day, the subject oil spill was new and its employees had no notice of its presence prior to the plaintiff’s fall. The defendant’s orthopedic surgeon and radiologist opined that the plaintiff’s knee symptoms stemmed from preexisting degenerative changes as opposed to the subject fall.After four days of trial, the jury found the defendant ________% negligent. The jury awarded the plaintiff $________ in damages comprised of $________ in past medical expenses and $________ in past pain and suffering. The plaintiff’s post-trial motion for new trial/additur is pending.

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