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Nightclub found liable for injury to aspiring athlete
A college basketball player who claimed that a nightclub's negligence caused injuries that ended her career plans, was awarded $900,000 by a jury. In 2011, Kimberly Adams, 21, was at the Dream Nightclub, in Miami Beach. When she was leaving, a bouncer directed her to stairs leading to the exit. As Adams began descending the stairs, she slipped on some liquid and fell, dislocating her left shoulder. She claimed the nightclub's owner, Global Initiatives LLC, was negligent, creating a dangerous condition. Her counsel argued the stairs were poorly lit, so she could not see and avoid the liquid. Adams claimed she could no longer pursue plans to join a professional basketball league overseas. Global Initiatives did not respond to the lawsuit.
Adams v. Global Initiatives LLC
Motorist who injured neck in crash awarded $1.26M
A jury awarded $1.26 million to a man injured in a broadside accident. On May 7, 2012, Stone Gomez, then 29, was driving on Shady Lane, in Kissimmee, when he began to make a left turn onto U.S. Route 192 and was struck by a vehicle driven by Jerald Mosely Jr. Gomez claimed he suffered two herniated cervical discs and soft tissue injuries to his left shoulder and lower back. He sought treatment, but claimed his neck injuries were permanent. Mosley was uninsured and did not seek legal counsel. Thus, Gomez sought recovery from the uninsured-motorist provision of the policy from his own carrier, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. State Farm's counsel argued that Gomez's injuries were degenerative and pre-dated the crash.
Gomez v. Mosley
Driver awarded damages after crash with tractor
A driver who sustained multiple injuries when he struck a tractor that was crossing a highway in West Palm Beach was awarded damages by a jury. In 2013, Barry Davis, 59, was driving on Indiantown Road when the tractor attempted to cross and a collision occurred. Davis suffered a ruptured spleen, a left clavicle fracture, and several fractured ribs. He claimed treatment for his injuries delayed his prior radiation treatment, causing his cancer to recur and metastasize. Davis alleged the tractor driver, Dale Vannelli Jr., was negligent. Vannelli claimed that Davis' speeding caused the impact and that Davis' cancer was unrelated to the crash. The jury found Davis 43 percent liable, reducing his $3.22 million award..
Davis v. Vannelli
Palm Beach County
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