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Man Awarded $1M in Restaurant Slip-and-Fall

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A negligence claim for a slip and fall accident was settled, Friday, against a Belvedere restaurant. A jury awarded the Boone County man $1 million and his wife $75,000.

On August 7,2006, the man, who suffers from a disease that makes his bones prone to fractures, slipped and fell while leaving the Steam Plant Restaurant.

The fell was caused by a wet floor that he didn’t know was wet due to the restaurants failure to put up proper warning signs.

The man broke his arm in several places and may require additional surgeries. He suffers from osteogenesis imperfect, a disease that makes his bones prone to fractures or easy breaking. At the time of the incident he was walking with the use of crutches, but has been in a wheelchair since the accident.

“I’ve walked with crutches all my life. I know how to manipulate them and I know when I’ve messed up. This was a wet surface, it was not marked, it was definitely not an error on my behalf,” Daniels said. “I was very unhappy that it happened there, but it is not anything that I felt I did wrong.”

The restaurants owners attorney says the verdict is “excessive” and his client is deciding if he will appeal the settlement.