Doctor falls down stairs at Hooter's restaurant, claims dangerous condition. He is now wheelchair bound.
The Simon Law Group by Eric Bell and Sophie Etemadi, Hermosa Beach.
Orland Law Group by James Orland and Samuel Mann, Manhattan Beach.
Kendal Wagner, orthopedic surgery.
Fredrick Kaplan, M.D., Fibrobysplasia Ossificans Progressiva. (Treating physician.)
Rick Sarkisian, vocational rehabilitation.
Ed Garcia, economics.
John Brault, biomechnics.
Farheen Khan, human factors.
Appaji Panchangam, biomechanics.
Plaintiff, a medical doctor, fell on some stairs at a Hooters Restaurant located on Hollywood Blvd. Plaintiff fractured his left femur and had catastrophic resulting injuries due to a pre-existing, rare medical condition, Fibrobysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP).
That he tripped and fell due to a dangerous condition (indentation/uneven spot) at the top of the stairs. Plaintiff was an eggshell plaintiff; a medical doctor who could no longer work as a hospitalist and could not pursue a career as a pediatric oncologist. Plaintiff claimed past and future lost wages and pain and suffering.
Defendants claimed that plaintiff did not trip, but rather, missed a step when he was inattentive. Defendant claimed that the defective condition on the top landing of the stairs was not the proximate cause of plaintiff's fall.
Defendants argued that the future lost earnings was excessive but did not otherwise dispute plaintiff's damages.
Fractured femur. Flare-up of FOP rendering plaintiff electric-wheelchair-bound for the rest of his life.
Pain and suffering.