Case Success: Mike Bottaro Obtains $650,000 Slip and Fall Settlement For Our Client

March 30th, 2018

After a tragic slip and fall accident left a client with terrible personal injuries, Attorney Mike Bottaro stood beside his client and fought with her until the end.

As a result of her slip and fall, our client suffered a serious knee injury that we alleged caused five separate knee surgeries. Accordingly, Mike fought hard to obtain the best possible settlement so our client could feel somewhat compensated for her permanent knee injury, lost wages, ongoing medical issues, and hospital and doctor expenses.

Recently, the Rhode Island Supreme Court has held that a landowner has a duty to exercise reasonable care for the safety of persons reasonably expected to be on the premises, and that duty includes an obligation to protect against the risks of a dangerous condition existing on the premises, provided the landowner knows of, or by the exercise of reasonable care would have discovered, the dangerous condition. Aubin v. MAG Realty, LLC, 161 A.3d 1143, 1146 (RI 2017).

In this case, our client slipped and fell in a puddle of water at a store. Throughout the course of Mike’s investigation, he discovered that the store manager was aware of the specific issue of water leaking through the ceiling after rain storms. We contended that the store had a duty to warn our client against the potential danger of the slippery condition.

The case was hotly contested and no liability admitted.  We went to work through investigation and discovery to satisfy our burden of proof.  Mike worked with experts and medical providers to link the injuries to the slip and fall personal injury.  Ultimately, the case settled through an alternative dispute resolution called mediation.

During the mediation process, Mike obtained a settlement for $650,000.00.  Our client has been compensated for her lost wages, medical expenses, and ongoing personal injuries.

The Bottaro Law Firm handles Rhode Island and Massachusetts slip and fall cases, also known as premises liability law.  We offer free confidential consultations to members of the public inquiring as to whether they may have a valid legal slip and fall claim.