CROWN POINT | A Lake Superior Court jury has awarded a Hobart couple a $455,563 judgment in a slip-and-fall case.
At the conclusion of a three-day trial, jurors decided Wednesday in favor of plaintiffs Connie and Gene Kadar, who sued a Hobart CVS Pharmacy when Connie Kadar suffered injuries resulting from a fall outside the store at 1615 South Lake Park.
Connie Kadar was walking on the sidewalk in front of the store on Jan. 13, 2012, when she slipped and fell on ice on the premises.
As a result, Kadar suffered severe injuries to her right leg, fracturing her right ankle requiring her to undergo surgery for the insertion of pins, plates and screws resulting in permanent damage.
Merrillville attorneys Timothy Schafer II and Todd Schafer, representing the Kadars, argued CVS violated basic safety rules to protect customers against slip-and-fall injuries.
Connie Kadar slipped and fell on an 8-inch metal threshold at the store's entrance, which testimony showed became slippery when wet or covered with snow.
"This case was simple and straightforward," Todd Schafer said Thursday.
Kadar was severely injured as a result of CVS violating basic safety rules meant to protect customers, he said.
"Companies like CVS simply have to be held accountable for violating safety rules because if they aren't, they will continue their conduct of breaking safety rules and cutting corners, putting us all at risk," co-counsel Timothy Schafer II said. "It was clear that CVS withheld evidence from the jury in an attempt to avoid responsibility."
CVS attorney, John Twohy of Hammond, could not be reached for immediate comment Thursday.