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CVS Pharmacy Found Liable for Slip & Fall in the Amount of $455,563

Under Indiana law, an owner or possessor of property owes certain duties of reasonable care to the people who enter upon the property. As such, a property owner can be found liable for the injuries another person sustains on the property due to the owner’s negligence in maintaining the premises. For instance, a jury recently awarded over $455,000 in a judgment against CVS Pharmacy due to a slip and fall accident occurring back in January 2012. A Lake Superior Court recently held a three day jury trial on the lawsuit brought by Connie Kadar and her husband, Gene Kadar, against a Hobart CVS Pharmacy due to injuries Mrs. Kadar sustained when she slipped and fell on some ice on the sidewalk near the entrance to the store. As a result of her fall, Mrs. Kadar suffered injuries to her right leg and fractured her right ankle, which required surgery for the insertion of pins, plates, and screws. The jury heard evidence from both sides, including testimony from CVS employees that they knew that the store’s entryway became slippery when wet or covered with snow. Upon completion of the trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Mr. and Mrs. Kadar in the amount of $455,563. It should be noted that in Indiana, the level of care a property owner owes to individuals on his or her property changes depending upon the status of person on the property. For example, because Connie Kadar was invited onto CVS’s property for the benefit of CVS, CVS Pharamcy had a duty to reasonably ensure that its guests were not exposed to unreasonable risks of injury. Because CVS failed to maintain its premises in a safe condition, the jury held CVS liable for its guest’s injuries. However, had Connie trespassed onto the property after the store had closed when she slipped and fell, then CVS’s duty would have changed to only having to refrain from willfully and wantonly causing her injuries. As illustrated by the CVS Pharmacy case, Indiana, like many other states, takes premises liability cases very seriously. After all, it is important to hold individuals who own or possess property and invite others to enter upon it accountable for maintaining the safety of the property for those people, because if the owner fails to do so who else will? If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of the negligence of another person, you may be entitled to damages. Please call 877-877-LAW2 (5292) or 219-924-2427 for a free consultation with one of our top personal injury attorneys.

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