$2.85 MILLION JURY VERDICT
Woman Slips and Falls in Front of Store
A Los Angeles jury came back with a $2.85 million verdict, awarded to the plaintiff, a mother of three, represented by attorneys Mr. Paul Kiesel, Esq. of Kiesel Law, LLP, and Mr. Michael Libman, Esq. of Law Offices of Michael Libman. On June 8, 2011 plaintiff arrived at the Van Nuys Costco store to pickup some family photographs. As she was walking towards the entrance, she slipped and fell on the concrete entryway, right next to a portable handicapped toilet owned by Southern California Sanitation that had just been cleaned.
The plaintiff fell hard on her right side and immediately felt pain in her hip, legs, and lower back. A Costco manager came out and spoke with the plaintiff and filled out a report form indicating that plaintiff had slipped on a surface with “excess water from cleaning of a restroom”. The plaintiff at some point, spotted a Southern Cal. Sanitation employee taking pictures of the scene and of her. This upset her, as she had not authorized photos to be taken of her. The plaintiff and her husband both testified as to how their lives drastically changed after the fall. Attempts were made to treat the injuries and pain by routine physical visits and epidural injections, before a spinal fusion surgery was performed on plaintiff at the L5-S1 part of the spine.
MotionLit worked with Mr. Paul Kiesel, Esq. and Mr. Michael Libman, Esq. to produce an effective presentation of the plaintiff’s case. Demonstrative timelines and slides were produced to visually tell the story in an organized fashion and effectively present the number of doctors visits and treatments post-accident.
From a trial presentation point of view, this was a rather unique trial because of the hybrid of technologies used.
There were three means of presenting evidence to the jury on MotionLit’s large hi-definition monitor. One was the traditional ELMO presenter that allowed paper documents to be displayed and magnified. Secondly, a laptop operated by a MotionLit trial technician to present exhibits and deposition video was used. Finally, MotionLit’s wireless technology was used where the attorney using an iPad was able to project his screen to the large screen and perform zooms and comparisons of the many photographs involved in the case. The MotionLit trial technician set up and coordinated all three technologies allowing them all to be used.
Also, MotionLit provided exhibit iPads to the attorneys, the judge, and the witness. Instead of dealing with cumbersome binders, exhibits could be reviewed more easily and effectively. The iPads were recharged and updated with the current exhibits daily.
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Paul Kiesel, Esq. – Kiesel Law, LLP (Left)
Michael Libman, Esq. Law Offices of Michael Libman (Right)
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Paul Kiesel, Esq., Kiesel Law, LLP