Patron slips on wet hallway floor as he leaves restroom.
Past medical specials: $150,000 and
Future medical specials: $100,000
Kramer Holcomb Sheik by Daniel Kramer and Teresa Johnson, Los Angeles.
Yee & Associates by Frank Sabaitis, Pasadena.
Rajan Patel, M.D., orthopedic surgery. (Treating physician.)
Kevin Ehrhart, M.D., orthopedic surgery, Santa Monica.
Brad Avrit, safety engineering.
On January 7, 2017, plaintiff Jorge Perez went for lunch to Hibachi Buffet, an Asian-style buffet restaurant located in Inglewood. Plaintiff went to the restroom, which was located off of a long hallway that also led to the kitchen.
As he left the restroom, plaintiff slipped on a trail of liquid leading down the hallway and landed on his left knee, where it fractured in multiple pieces.
Plaintiff contended that the trail of liquid was created by one of defendant's employees, who used that hallway to access the kitchen. Plaintiff provided circumstantial evidence that the dangerous condition was created by defendant based on testimony of employees, photographs, and discovery responses. Plaintiff contended that the floor was slippery when wet. Plaintiff contended that there was no way to see the liquid before the fall, as it blended in with the floor.
Defendant denied liability and contended that there was no evidence from which the jury could reasonably infer or conclude that an employee had created the spill in the time frame in which plaintiff was in the restroom. Defendant contested the medical bills to date and argued that plaintiff would not need any future treatment.
Plaintiff suffered from a comminuted fracture of his left patella (fracture of multiple pieces) that required ORIF surgery. Past medical expenses included ORIF surgery and meniscectomy, physical therapy, PRP injection, and ongoing care from orthopedic surgeon. Future medicals include knee replacement surgery and therapy.