ASSOCIATE ERIC GRUETZNER OBTAINS SUMMARY JUDGMENT IN COLLIN COUNTY PREMISES LIABILITY CASE
JULY 28, 2017: Plaintiff filed a lawsuit alleging that in March 2015, she slipped and fell on ice outside a nationally known department store, located at a well known mall in North Texas. The icy conditions resulted from a three-day snow and ice storm that had struck North Texas.
Our client (the security services company at the mall) was sued in addition to the owner of the mall and the mall's janitorial services company. At her oral deposition, the Plaintiff testified that she fell on ice on the sidewalk handicapped access ramp leading to the department store entrance.
The Plaintiff sustained a fractured right wrist which required surgery to place metal rods into her wrist and four months of physical rehabilitation after the surgery. The Plaintiff was seeking in excess of $500,000 for her injuries.
Although the Plaintiff repeatedly claimed throughout the case that all defendants were on notice of a prior fall, her bare assertion was the only evidence of notice she could produce. Eric demonstrated that the Plaintiff knew of the icy conditions before traveling to the mall on the morning of the incident, and that her fall was caused by the slipperiness of the ice itself, and for no other reason. The trial judge agreed and granted a full summary judgment in our client's favor because: (1) the Plaintiff was unable to establish any duty between our client and herself and (2) the cause of her fall was due to the ice and no other reason such as a premises defect or negligent activity.
FOURTH FAVORABLE DEFENSE VERDICT IN 2017 - SECOND TAKE- NOTHING JUDGMENT IN A ROW
MAY 31, 2017: Milan G. Marinkovich obtains his second take-nothing judgment in a row after Plaintiff demanded $44,966.20 at trial.
THIRD FAVORABLE DEFENSE VERDICT IN 2017 - A TAKE-NOTHING JUDGMENT
MAY 23, 2017: Milan G. Marinkovich secures a take-nothing judgment after Plaintiff demanded $32,010 at trial.
2017 TASIU GULF COAST INSURANCE FRAUD SEMINAR
Milan G. Marinkovich presented "Deconstructing the ESI Buildup: A Proactive Approach" on Thursday April 6, 2017, at the 2017 TASIU Gulf Coast Insurance Fraud Seminar and Vendor Expo at the Pasadena Convention Center. The class examined how the Plaintiffs’ bar utilizes unnecessary ESI’s (Epidural Steroid Injections) to increase their clients’ medical specials and how these lawyers obtain "future” surgical recommendations for their clients. Milan's proactive approach provided the audience with specific, case-proven mechanisms to combat the ESI Buildup as well as suggestions for defending cases where ESI's are part of the treatment protocol.
SECOND FAVORABLE DEFENSE VERDICT IN 2017
MARCH 2017: Milan G. Marinkovich obtained a favorable jury trial verdict in Harris County, Texas in a personal injury (automobile accident) case filed by two Plaintiffs and three minor children ages 4, 3, and 2.
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