Retail Store Negligence

Our client was shopping at a retail store in Bowie, Maryland when an automatic door closed on her as she was leaving the store. She was already in a wheelchair and was being pushed out the door by her daughter. However, the closing of the door caused her a herniated disk that required surgery and months of physical therapy. We filed suit, and retained a medical expert to demonstrate that her surgery was related to the accident and not her pre-existing medical issues. We deposed numerous store employees and retained an engineer to review all of the key evidence in the case. Although there was no evidence that the door malfunctioned, we were able to establish that the door, as configured by the store, was not in compliance with the ADA, as it closed seconds faster than the ADA required. Ultimately, we were able to settle the case for $100,000 prior to trial.

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