$75,000 Settlement in Prisoner’s Negligence Claim Injury Due to Failure to Correct Dangerous Condition
Stevens alleged in his complaint against Wackenhut that on December 21, 1999, while working under the supervision of a prison employee in the food service department at Moore Haven Correctional Institution, he was carrying two 5 gallon buckets of boiling water when he slipped and fell in a greasy area, severely burning and injuring himself.
Stevens maintained that Wackenhut had a duty to maintain its premises in a reasonably safe condition and did not do so. The failing of Wackenhut to both have in place non-skid mats in slippery areas and to warn Stevens of a dangerous condition directly resulted in him being injured. Through its neglect of duty, Wackenhut was responsible for creating a hazardous condition in the kitchen area.
On April 4, 2003, Stevens accepted a $64,000 settlement. He was represented by West Palm Beach attorney Philip L. Valente, Jr. See: Stevens v. Wackenhut Corrections Corporation, Florida 20th Judicial Circuit Court, Case N. 2000-CA-227.
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Stevens v. Wackenhut Corrections Corporation
|Cite||Florida 20th Judicial Circuit Court, Case N. 2000-CA-227|
|Level||State Trial Court|