Moon v. Hy-Vee, Inc.
William Lewis and Haley Peerson successfully defended this slip and fall case by convincing a Clay County jury to award Plaintiff Daren Moon $0. The Plaintiff claimed that he slipped and fell when he entered the Hy-Vee store in Gladstone, Missouri. The Plaintiff alleged that there was a significant amount of rainwater on the tile floor at the entrance of the Hy-Vee store. The Plaintiff presented evidence that it was raining on the morning of this incident and alleged that Hy-Vee should have placed a floor mat on its tile floor.
The defense offered evidence that the Gladstone Hy-Vee store exceeds the industry standard by having a carpeted entryway which spans over 30 feet. The Plaintiff walked across this carpet without wiping his feet and then slipped when he first stepped onto the tile floor. The defense claimed that it was not necessary to place an additional floor mat on the tile floor after the customers have walked over 30 feet on the carpet.
Plaintiff claimed to have incurred over $18,500 in medical bills as a result of the fall due to an injury to his back, which he told the jury has significantly impacted his quality of life and ability to perform his job. Plaintiff asked the jury for an amount between $138,534.54 and $168,534.54. After less than an hour in deliberation, the Clay County jury unanimously found Hy-Vee not negligent, assessing no fault to Hy-Vee and awarding Plaintiff $0.