New Jersey: Man Injured After Falling Through Open Cellar Door

Britney Buscaglia

A 51-year-old Plaintiff tripped into an open cellar door at the rear entrance of a retail store. Plaintiff fell ten feet into a cellar, struck his head, fractured his skull and was left with a concussion and subdural hematoma. Plaintiff also lost his senses of smell and taste, and experienced loss of memory and cognitive ability. Plaintiff brought an action against Defendant--retail store and Defendant--building owner alleging premises liability. The defense challenged the extent of Plaintiff's injuries. The case settled after mediation.

Settlement: $1,100,000

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