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Shopping center to pay $4M to man blinded by accident
A jury awarded more than $4 million to a 79-year-old man who was blinded by a fall at a shopping center in York. In July 2012, William Waite had been exiting the three-store shopping center, at 2861 E. Prospect Road, when he lost his footing on a single step. The drop in elevation (5.5 inches) caused him to stumble, striking his face and rupturing his left eye. He had been blind in his right eye, for 40 years. Waite alleged property-owner Argento Family Partnership had allowed a dangerous condition. His expert in architecture said the step's drop-off required a handrail, warning sign or other modification. Argento argued there had been no previous accidents, and the step met relevant standards. The jury awarded Waite $4,035,329.
Waite v. Argento Family Partnership
Slip and fall in Target aisle costs store $2M
A woman who slipped in a Target store in Pittsburgh has received $2.1 million from a jury. In December 2013, Melissa Horton, 43, a television sports producer, was pushing a shopping cart through an aisle when she slipped on a wet portion of the floor, tearing her right hamstring. She alleged Target was negligent for allowing a dangerous condition. Prior to the accident, employees had mopped up some spilled soda but Horton claimed she had slipped on a carelessly mopped portion of the floor outside the cordoned-off area.
Horton v. Target Corp.
Driver liable for head-on collision with teen
A teenager whose car was struck head-on by another driver in Upper St. Clair was awarded $350,000 by a jury. In October 2011, Kylie McKenna, 17, was heading west on Skyridge Drive near Mayview Road when her car was hit by a sport utility vehicle. The SUV, approaching from the opposite direction, had entered her lane in front of her. Kylie was diagnosed with a concussion and post-concussion syndrome and claimed she suffered brain damage. She sued the other driver, Eleanor Riston, alleging negligence. Riston had entered Kylie's lane to avoid a car parked in the road. The court allowed a directed verdict on negligence, and the jury awarded damages for pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
McKenna v. Riston
|$88,000,000||Doe v. Task||Dauphin County||Jan 10|
|$14,484,490||Welker v. Carnevale||Federal||Jan 27|
|$4,035,329||Waite v. Argento Family Partnership||York County||Mar 17|
|$3,567,000||Dalmatia Import Group Inc. v. Foodmatch Inc.||Federal||Feb 24|
|$2,753,048||Snider v. Sterling Airways Inc.||Federal||Feb 21|
|$2,100,000||Horton v. Target Corp.||Allegheny County||Mar 10|
|$1,868,987||Fuller v. Reliant Easton Holdings||Northampton County||Jan 20|
|$868,430||Estate of Troilo v. Westmoreland County Housing Authority||Westmoreland County||Jan 5|