Jury Returns Verdict of $1.6 Million in Sacramento County

Trial / Settlement: $1.6 Million | Sacramento County | Kirby v. Wright Celebrations & AG Air Conditioning

On August 6, 2012, Ms. Kirby suffered a fractured left ankle when Wright Celebrations and AG Air Conditioning left an air conditioning vent open on the floor of a tent that was being constructed for a wedding in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Ms. Kirby was working for Revolutions, an event planning company from Virginia that specializes in high-end events such as Duane Wade and Gabriel Union's recent wedding in Miami, Florida. While on site at the Jackson Hole event, Wright Celebrations was placing carpet over the floor when they covered a hole cut for an AC vent. They then failed to re-cover the hole, leaving a trap that Ms. Kirby stepped into while she was working with her crew to place chandeliers. She suffered a fracture of her left Tibia and Fibula, requiring open reduction and fixation. She had that hardware removed over the next two years in subsequent surgeries. She had a total of $83,000 in medical expenses and $20,000 in lost income.

Prior to trial, Defendants offered a combined $150,000. On the third day of trial, the case resolved for $1.6 Million.

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