In August of 2017, Mark Cantor and Brian Winebright won a jury verdict for our client, Jon Sandberg. Jon was visiting his friend’s apartment in Overland, Missouri. As Jon was visiting with his friend, he leaned back onto the deck railing when it broke off and collapsed, sending Mr. Sandberg several feet to the ground. As a result, Mr. Sandberg suffered a concussion and injured his shoulder. His medical bills totaled $25,359.36.
Mark Cantor filed a lawsuit against the property owner, Thuan Nguyen, alleging that he knew or could have known of the dangerous condition of property and failed to remedy or warn of the unsafe railing. The defendant’s deposition and trial testimony were consistent in that Mr. Nguyen never performed any inspections of the decks on that apartment or any other apartments that he owned. The defendant claimed that he could not know that the deck railing was rotten because it was painted, but admitted that he himself personally painted it.
After a two-day jury trial in St. Louis County, Mr. Sandberg was awarded $100,000.00 for his injury. Defendant Nguyen was found 100% at-fault for the deck’s failure.