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Premises Liability - Slip and fall over alleged oily substance at bowling alley - Fractured wrist requiring surgery - Permanency alleged.

Cook County, Illinois

This was a premises liability action in which the 61- year-old female plaintiff contended that she slipped and fell on an oily substance present in the area of her bowling lane. The plaintiff maintained that as a result of her fall, she suffered a fractured wrist requiring surgery and causing permanent disability. The defendant maintained that the plaintiff was participating as part of a bowling league, that the entire area was properly maintained in preparation for the bowling league, and contended that the plaintiff had caused her own injury.

The evidence revealed that on February 19th, ________, the plaintiff was participating as part of a bowling league at the defendant, Rolling Lanes Bowling Alley in Countryside Illinois. The plaintiff claimed that as she approached lane #23 while bowling her first frame, she slipped and fell on an oily substance present in the approach area of lane 23. The plaintiff testified that she fell onto her outstretched right arm, fracturing her wrist.

The plaintiff presented medical evidence, as well as the testimony of her treating orthopedist. The plaintiff maintained that the wrist fracture required closed reduction surgery with pinning and the placement of a rod, as well as a second surgery to remove the pins and rod. The plaintiff claimed permanent injury and disability of the wrist in the form of numbness, loss of strength, and loss of range of motion. The plaintiff’s medical specials totaled $________.

The defendant disputed the plaintiff’s claims. The defense contended that proper maintenance was undertaken in preparation for the bowling league that day, that the approach area of lane #23 was free of any foreign substances, and that the plaintiff simply lost her balance while approaching the lane. The defendant presented an industrial/occupation medicine expert to dispute the plaintiff’s claims of permanent disability.

The plaintiff’s final demand of $________ was met with a final offer of $________, which was rejected. The plaintiff asked the jury for $________. Following an eight day trial, the jury deliberated for 25 minutes before finding in favor of the defendant.

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