Virginia Lawyers Weekly//July 18, 2022
Virginia Lawyers Weekly//July 18, 2022//
Type of action: Premises liability
Name of judge or mediator: Judge Thomas S. Shadrick (Ret.)
Verdict or settlement: Settlement
Attorneys for plaintiff (and city): John M. Cooper, Norfolk; Bailey L. Gifford, Virginia Beach; and Jan Hoen, Hampton
Description of case: The plaintiff, a 44-year-old veteran, was rendered a paraplegic after a fall from a second story structure in Hampton Roads. The complex liability issues were highly contested and technical. The contributory negligence and causation challenges were significant. The case settled for $6 million less than a month before trial and several weeks after mediation. Alan Michaelis of Alcar Multimedia assisted in the mediation and trial preparation.
Bailey L. Gifford, counsel for the plaintiff, provided case details.