In a bizarre set of facts The Florida Supreme Court reinstated a $1.2 million negligence award to a man who was injured when he fell out of a law firm’s chair during a consultation about filing a car crash lawsuit.
The facts are that Robert Friedrich was injured in a car accident and was seeking legal representation in 2003. Friedrich was at the personal injury offices of Fetterman & Associates and was reading a retainer contract, when the chair he was sitting in collapsed.
Friedrich injured his back, and he underwent a four-level spinal fusion surgery.
A lawsuit was filed, and Brandon Home Furnishings, which sold the chair, was found two-thirds liable. The jury also found the auto accident–Friedrich’s vehicle was rear-ended by a dump truck–caused 25 percent of the damages.
Mark Kaire has been practicing law in Miami for nearly 30 years. He is dedicated to helping the injured people of Miami receive compensation. Mr. Kaire has been blogging on Miami’s legal issues for many years.