My friend and the McGill Law Office’s great ad hoc partner Rod Sisson called me from Anchorage. He wanted to know if I would like to join him in representing an Alaska resident who was terribly injured at a nudist resort in California. Of course, I asked Rod to tell me more.
When someone is injured as a result of a defect in the safety of a building or as a result of an unsafe condition on someone’s land, this is generally called a “premises liability” case. The McGill Law Office has, over the years, prosecuted many premises liability cases for clients who have been seriously inured on someone else’s property. You might even categorize the case just previously reported, where city workers were burned in a gas explosion, as a premises liability case. We have represented clients in premises cases in many different settings, from an open-air mall in Hawaii to a residential deck with a railing that collapsed in California. Rod’s call, identifying the premises in question as a nudist resort, described a unique setting to be sure.
"The lighting of the stairway was old and not adequate and the safety railing was not accessible because it was overgrown with unpruned shrubbery."
Our client suffered terrible injuries. He required four surgeries. Even with these surgeries, he ended up with a permanent disability and the expectation of pain for the rest of his life. His resulting disability meant that he had to give up his former occupation. Our client was severely damaged, physically, psychologically and economically.
It didn’t really matter that this case occurred at a nudist resort although that was certainly an attention grabber. Our client fell at twilight while descending an outdoor stairway, returning from the resort’s swimming pool to his cabin. It should have been expected that guests would be bare footed or wearing flip flops when using these stairs coming form or going to the pool. The lighting of the stairway was old and not adequate and the safety railing was not accessible because it was overgrown with unpruned shrubbery. Our client’s foot twisted a bit on the uneven surface of on of the steps. No railing to be seen meant that he could not recover his balance. Down he went, all the way from the top of the long stairway to the very bottom.
"Because we prepared so well and because we were clearly ready for trial, our client received just compensation before the first juror was seated in the jury box."
Rod and I were successful in this case because we thoroughly prepared. Medical experts could testify about the injuries and the surgeries, from the first just after our client’s admission to the hospital by way of the emergency room, to the last that could not avoid a permanent disability and perpetual pain. We engaged a team of other than medical experts. For us, representing clients in personal injury cases is not mass production. We did the individualized work that we knew from long experience with success was necessary to get the very best result. To help us achieve the justice that our client deserved, in addition to medical experts, Rod and I engaged a premises expert, a recreational facilities expert, an economist and a bio mechanics expert. With our experts, we conducted site inspections and we took the depositions of witnesses. Because we prepared so well and because we were clearly ready for trial, our client received just compensation before the first juror was seated in the jury box.
If you, or someone whom you know has been injured because of the actions or inactions of another person or entity, it is important to act fast to preserve the evidence and to prepare the case. Insurance companies and those responsible for injuries do not pay compensation out of the goodness of their hearts. They pay compensation because of hard evidence of wrongdoing, because of the thorough preparation of the McGill Law Office and because of our evident determination to do all that is necessary to achieve just results for our clients. There is never a fee to consult with Ed McGill about a personal injury case and no fee at all unless and until compensation is paid by the wrongdoer or the wrongdoer’s insurer.
Content prepared by Edmond McGill. © Edmond McGill, 2015
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