One Slip-and Fall Changed It All

I live in Lakeland, Florida, and I had an interesting trial experience after I slipped on spilled mayonnaise at the grocery store one day. Random, I know, but the mayonnaise blended in with the tile floor and there were no store clerks around or hazard signs in place to warn me of the spilled substance. I was casually doing my grocery shopping on a Sunday afternoon when I violently fell in aisle three.

I broke my collarbone, shattered my tailbone, and ended up with a severe concussion from the fall. Thankfully, there were people around to witness the fall and video cameras also caught the incident in action. After going through a brutal recovery, I consulted with a Lawyer about my case and my lawsuit began soon thereafter. 

The Trial

I never assumed that going to court would be such a complex process. In my mind, the situation was pretty obvious—I was the victim here. The store owner was clearly responsible for my slip-and-fall accident, and I deserved a settlement for my medical expenses and my pain and suffering. I was appalled to find out that the store was claiming that the spilled mayonnaise was an “open and obvious” hazard! 

They were grasping at the most desperate defense possible. Being a large and powerful corporation, they hired an experienced defense team to defend them in court. While this defense made the trial last a lot longer than expected, I still had the upper hand. The judge and the jury both sympathized with my situation, and the evidence I brought to the case was unmatched. 

The Verdict

In the end, I received the settlement I deserved, but I wouldn’t want to go through a trial again if I didn’t have to. I mean, no one wants to be an injured victim in a premises liability lawsuit. It was, however, interesting to observe how the trial process worked. 

Even though my side of the case was clearly the justified side, the defense was able to drag out their story because they had experienced lawyers with excellent strategies in the courtroom. 

I imagine that, in other cases where the verdict isn’t as cut and dry, the verdict can come down to the strength of the legal teams for both the prosecution and defense. Sometimes, how well you or your Lakeland personal injury lawyer can convince the judge and jury end up being the most significant aspect of the trial.

My Jury Duty Experience

I woke up in my Denver apartment on a typical Wednesday, and I was delighted to find a jury duty demand letter in the midst of my morning mail. I had never been called to jury duty before, but I heard that it was a long and drawn out process. I’m being sarcastic . . . I wasn’t excited. My jury duty experience was somewhat intriguing, however, because I watched the case and actually paid attention to what happened.

Emotions were high in the courtroom because the woman who filed the lawsuit suffered from a traumatic brain injury after a driver hit her while texting behind the wheel. She had hired the best personal injury lawyer in Denver to represent her because it was clear from her circumstances that she needed to obtain a large settlement.

The defendant, however, also hired an excellent defense lawyer who was trying to prove that his client wasn’t texting and driving. It came down to a ruthless fight between legal teams, and negligence was proven using concrete evidence. In the end, it was up to me (and the rest of the jury, of course) to come to a verdict.

How the Jury Decided

Being on a jury feels like such a burden. You have two people’s lives in your hands. I knew that this woman deserved compensation for the brain injury she suffered, so it wasn’t tough for me to vote in her favor, but I couldn’t help but feel guilty for the man who was about to spend the rest of his life in financial distress for the mistake he had made.

More than anything, I felt empathy for this man, because I knew he was feeling so much guilt. Many people text while driving and never think anything bad will come of it. Unfortunately, one text sent while behind the wheel can alter someone’s life forever. This is why it’s so important to stay aware when driving and put your phone away—not because of the financial consequences, but because you can injure or kill yourself or someone else.

My Final Thoughts

I wonder if the lawyers or other courtroom employees ever put themselves in the position of the jury. They never have to sit in our shoes and actually make the final decision on a case. I’m really glad that the case I sat in on wasn’t a murder trial or a situation where the verdict was harder to determine. I couldn’t live with myself if I had sent an innocent person to jail or let a guilty person go free.

“My Lawyer Didn’t Fight for Me” – A Trial Story

Last year in Texas, I was injured in a serious car accident. The driver was texting on their phone and didn’t realize I had stopped in front of them at the red light. I saw them approaching through my rearview mirror as they tried to slam on their brakes. It happened so fast. Unfortunately, they couldn’t stop in time, and I was completely helpless. I shattered my leg in three places and punctured a lung.

The recovery process I went through after the accident was brutal: I was in so much physical pain, and emotionally, I was distraught and frustrated. I was an all-star sprinter on the track team at my college, and shattering my leg completely ruined my future. This person stole my future from me because they were texting, and I couldn’t find solace in knowing how my life had ended up.

I knew seeking compensation for the injuries I’d suffered was the only way I could get through my recovery without financial stress on my back. I hired a lawyer, but I didn’t know anything about the legal process, and my attorney wasn’t experienced in personal injury cases. When we went to trial, I knew I was in trouble.

The Trial Experience

The defense from the negligent driver’s side was fierce. He built up this incredible case about how the guy who’d hit me wasn’t using his phone at all. They blamed the wreck on a car malfunction and used government faults in intersection safety as an excuse. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing! I hoped my lawyer would be able to stand up to this guy and get me the money I clearly deserved.

I was disheartened when my lawyer didn’t fight for me. My injuries were obvious, but clearly, my attorney had no experience and he didn’t have any drive to bring my case to victory. I ended up receiving a much smaller verdict than I deserved, and I still have a hard time emotionally dealing with my injuries because of it.

Legal Representation Matters

If I had taken the time to find a lawyer who cared about my case, things might have been different. My friend said she used Alex Hernandez Trial Lawyers for her dog bite accident last year and had a much better experience than me.

She made me realize that having a lawyer who’s both experienced in personal injury cases and experienced in the courtroom is essential if you hope to hold the negligent parties accountable, because defense lawyers are good at their jobs and they’ll ruthlessly fight back.

I know if I had had a qualified trial lawyer to fight for me and support me through the legal process, things would’ve turned out differently.