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Severino Obtains Complete Defense Verdict at Arbitration

July 13, 2017

Mark Severino (Associate-Las Vegas) defended a large American retail club in Las Vegas District Court in a case involving a slip-and-fall incident on its premises. At the scene of the alleged incident, the plaintiff exhibited no signs of injury and stated she did not intend to seek medical treatment. Approximately one month after her fall and after retaining counsel, the plaintiff sought medical treatment for alleged injuries to her neck, back, knee and foot. Thereafter, she made a claim against the retailer and filed suit for negligence based on a theory of premises liability. The retailer denied liability and defended the case under Nevada’s mandatory arbitration program. The retailer asserted that it did not cause the slippery condition on which the plaintiff fell, it had no notice of the condition, and its policies and procedures for inspecting the premises for such conditions were reasonable. Mark asserted that the plaintiff’s alleged injuries were preexisting from a prior slip and fall at a supermarket in 2015 for which she filed suit and was compensated. He received a complete defense verdict at arbitration. 

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