$1.6 Million Safeway Slip & Fall Verdict

Armstrong-Stevenson v. Safeway, Inc., Multnomah County Case No. 15CV04913

Plaintiff Armstrong-Stevenson was shopping in the St. Helens, Oregon Safeway when he slipped on spilled liquid laundry detergent and fell.  The fall caused Plaintiff a fractured femur that required surgical repair. Plaintiff alleged that Safeway was negligent for failing to warn customers of the slippery surface and rope off the area to prevent such a fall. He also alleged that the conduct was wanton and intentional and therefore sought punitive damages. He sought $102,578.00 in past and future medical expenses, $525,000.00 in non-economic damages and $1,000,000.00 in punitive damages.

Defendant argued that their employees acted reasonably when they discovered the spill. They alleged that an employee immediately went to get a mop to clean the spill and that it was during the one minute that the employee was gathering supplies that Plaintiff’s fall occurred.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Greg Kafoury

Defense Counsel – Richard Lee

Verdict – $1,627,578.00

Date – May 13, 2016

June 6, 2016

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