About the Case
Our client and his family rented a vacation home in scenic Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia (VA). They were planning to staying in the rental home for two weeks. The home is on a higher part of land than the lake. To access the lake and boat dock from the home, the vacationers must utilize a stone paver staircase. The staircase is steep and instead of wood or concrete steps, there are ornamental stone pavers which make it more likely for someone to slip or trip.
On the second day of vacation, our client was walking up to the rental home from a trip on the lake. On the fourth or fifth step, a stone paver gave way, and our client slipped and fell hard on the stone stairs. His head was cut from where it hit a stone and he was experiencing excruciating pain in his hip. Come to find out, the owner attempted to repair several loose paver stones on his own, without the assistance of a licensed contractor. The owner used a type of epoxy to affix the stone pavers to the construction but the epoxy was not the proper type and the stones did not adhere. These statements were made by the defendant owner to our client’s family.
An ambulance was called and he was transported to a local hospital where it was determined he had suffered a complex left both column acetabular fracture with medial wall impaction. This complex hip injury required immediate surgery. Bear in mind that our client was on vacation from Florida. Our client underwent an open reduction and internal fixation of complex left both column acetabular fracture and several pieces of hardware were implanted into his pelvis. After the initial surgery, our client was informed that he would likely require a total hip replacement in the future, at least a year after the initial surgery so that the hip had time to heal on its own. During the time he was in the hospital and rehab in Virginia, our client’s wife was forced to stay in a hotel. She had only packed clothing for their vacation. She had to eat out for every meal for nearly a month. Our client was inpatient in Virginia for 27 days, all stemming from a serious slip/trip injury while on vacation.
To read more about the case, click here: $800,000 Settlement in Slip and Fall Case Requiring Hip Surgery and Subsequent Hip Replacement Infection