Jeff James and Lauren Humphries recently obtained a favorable verdict following a three day trial in federal court.
The Plaintiff injured her ankle while disembarking from a commercial airplane at the Orlando Airport in 2011. She used the airline claiming that the gap between the airplane and the jetbridge was too wide, causing her foot to get stuck in the gap. She underwent two ankle surgeries and claimed permanent injury and substantial lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering. The airline claimed that it was not negligence and that the Plaintiff caused her own injuries by failing to step over the gap.
The jury placed 90% of the fault on the Plaintiff. The net judgment will be substantially less than the Plaintiff’s presuit settlement demand.