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South Carolina woman awarded $300,000 after tripping on rug

The city of Myrtle Beach has been ordered to pay $300,000 to a South Carolina woman after a fall in 2015. The woman, a resident of Georgetown County, tripped on a rug while volunteering at a recreation center.

The jury awarded the woman over $540,000 in damages. The judge lowered this amount to $300,000 due to a cap on statutory damages. The city is planning on appealing the decision.

The woman testified she had warned the recreation center that the rug was a tripping hazard. Some time later, the woman tripped on the rug, causing her to suffer a concussion, a black eye and neck and back pain.

Key takeaway from the case

The interesting thing to take away from this case is that it went to trial. The majority of personal injury cases are settled before they go to court. It's not unheard of for people to reach an informal settlement before the lawsuit is even filed.

The reason these types of cases are usually settled outside of court is that it's often clear which party is at fault. Additionally, there's usually a good amount of case law that attorneys can use when determining how to structure the settlement.

This case, however, went all the way to court and was heard before a judge and a jury. The reason for this may be due to the fact that a government entity was involved in the litigation.

Government entities are often resistant to paying out claims from a personal injury case. While the city hasn't been commenting on the case publicly, it's likely they believed there was a strong argument to be made that they weren't negligent in this instance. We will continue to monitor this case to see whether the city of Myrtle Beach is successful with their appeal attempt.

It can be difficult to successfully sue a government entity for personal injury damages. That being said, if you've suffered injuries and a government entity's negligence contributed to the accident, this case illustrates that a strong defense can help lead to a successful verdict.

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