John’s Story: A Retailer’s Negligence Causes Life-Changing Injuries
John and his wife were enjoying a relaxing day in town. It was Black Friday, and they were happily spending the day browsing through stores and bargain shopping. While at a popular sporting and outdoor store, the couple was making their final loop through the aisles when an unexpected accident changed their lives forever.
An employee was on top of a 14-foot ladder, trying to put a box containing a heavy smoker back onto the shelf. Two other employees were nearby, horsing around. Distracted, the person on the ladder dropped the box, which fell and hit John on the shoulder and back. The employees looked at John in stunned silence for a few moments before scrambling to pull the smoker off him.
Although he was in pain, John didn’t immediately realize the severity of his injuries. Thankfully, his wife had the foresight to file an injury report with the store. Then they went home, hoping that a good night’s rest would be all he needed.
The next day, however, he could barely move due to his shoulder and back pain. He went to the doctor and, after extensive testing, learned that he had partially torn his infraspinatus tendon and suffered other soft tissue injuries.
Over the following weeks and months, nothing seemed to relieve John’s pain. Injections and painkillers helped dull the pain in his shoulder but would quickly wear off. Physical therapy wasn’t effective and only made his symptoms worse. Eventually, he underwent shoulder surgery, but he still struggled with chronic pain.
Andy’s Team Holds the Store Accountable and Gives John Peace of Mind
When John came to Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys, he was a broken man, struggling at work, and in daily pain. He needed someone to fight for him so he could pay his bills, treat his injuries, and take care of his family. When we heard his story, we knew we needed to help. And because we take personal injury claims like John’s on a contingency fee basis, John didn’t owe us a dime until we won his case.
Our team got right to work, investigating the incident and his extensive injuries. During our investigation and depositions, we uncovered more details about his accident; the store gave no warnings about the potential danger as their staff attempted to shelve the smoker, and the aisle was not roped off to keep shoppers safe. Had they taken this simple precaution, John would have never been in that aisle.