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$39,000 Awarded in Florida Jail Prisoner's Slip and Fall
stepping out of the shower in her cell, causing a herniated disc at C5-6. She alleged the jail failed to
provide footwear designed for the shower area.
After she filed suit the Sheriff countersued to obtain costs of the prisoner's incarceration,
which resulted in a civil lien of $50 for each day or $6,000. A jury trial occurred in October 1997.
The jury awarded the prisoner $20,000 future medical costs and $19,376 in other damages, or
$39,976, but found the prisoner 70% comparative negligent. The case settled for $3,000. See:
Weatherford v. St. Lucie County Sheriffs Dept. Fla. 19th Judicial Circuit. Case No 95:1508.
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Weatherford v. St. Lucie County Sheriffs Dept.
|Cite||Fla. 19th Judicial Circuit. Case No 95:1508|
|Level||State Trial Court|