It appears that the Florida law firm of Fetterman & Associates not only litigates but spontaneously creates personal injury cases. Robert and Heather Friedrich went to the law firm in search of recovery for injuries from an accident — they found it, albeit for injuries in the law firm itself when Robert sat in a defective chair. A jury has awarded the couple more than $2 million for the injury.
Robert and Heather were seeking representation for injuries from a car accident when they went to the law firm. The chair’s failure caused Robert to fall backwards and hit his head — causing him medical bills of more than $200,000 and the loss of his job.
The jury in this comparative negligence state apportioning 67.5 percent of the liability to the furniture store that sold the chair to the firm in 1998 and 32.5 percent to Fetterman.
The chair was purchased from Brandon Home Furnishings in January 1998 and was defectively manufactured according to the jury.
On its website, Fetterman proclaims:
Fetterman and Associates, the Law Team, has been helping people with legal problems for more than thirty years. We seek justice for people who have suffered from the negligence of others, or who have been deprived of their rights or property by insurance companies or big business. Our focus is protecting the rights of injured people and their families.
Of course, sometimes it is not the negligence of others that brings cases to the firm. At times, a predator can become prey in the world of personal injury law.
In defense of the firm, however, I fail to see how the firm is responsible for a defectively manufactured chair unless there was some warning or overt weakness. Perhaps such evidence was introduced. Otherwise, it is a bit of a harsh burden for offices to be responsible for latent defects in chairs.
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