$187,500 Settlement for Woman Fell on Ice Outside Casino
Missouri Lawyers Weekly
JoAnna Moranto sued St. Charles Riverfront Station, Inc. for premises liability after she fell on a patch of ice at the St. Charles Station Casino in 1997. She suffered comminuted fractures to the tibia and fibula of her left let.
Moranto, 65, claimed she fell on a patch of “black ice” near the handicap parking lot as she was walking into the casino. She also claimed that employees of the casino had recently hosed off the area and that it had turned icy, creating the dangerous condition. She said there was no salt or ice melt on the ground where she fell.
The casino claimed Moranto’s fall was caused by the general conditions of ice and shnow as well as by her prior arthritic condition.
Type of Action: Premises Liability
Type of Injuries: Fractured tibia and fibula
Court/Case Number/Date: St. Charles county Circuit court /CV199-6762CC/April 18, 2002
Caption: Moranto v. St. Charles Riverfront Station, Inc.
Judge, Jury or ADR: Mediation
Name of Judge: Lucy Rauch
Verdict or Settlement: $187,500 settlement
Special damages: $35,989 medical expense
Allocation of Fault: N/A
Last Offer: N/A
Last Demand: N/A
Attorneys for Plaintiff: Herman Praszkier and John J. Page, Anderson & Associates, St. Louis
Insurance Carrier: K&K Insurance
Plaintiff’s Experts: Dr. Gregory Galakatos, St. Louis (orthopedist)
Defendant’s Experts: Dr. John Atkinson, St. Louis (rheumatologist)