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Jury awards $1.6 million to man who slipped and fell in St. Helens Safeway

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A jury unanimously rewarded an Oregon man after he slipped and fell at a Safeway in St. Helens. 

According to court papers on December 9, 2014, Christopher Armstrong-Stevenson was shopping at the store when he slipped and fell.

“I fell in the store on liquid soap and broke my femur,” Armstrong-Stevenson said.

Armstrong-Stevenson adds after rehabilitation and a rod in his leg, he was slowly able to learn how to walk again.

Shortly after the accident, records show Armstrong-Stevenson’s attorney wrote a letter to the store for an incident report and to “preserve all video” for a period of two hours before the accident and a half hour after he left the store.

Safeway responded several days providing the incident report and wrote, “our investigation into this incident found that another customer spilled liquid soap on the floor. While we are sorry that your client was hurt, we see no negligence on the part of Safeway.”

According to Armstrong-Stevenson’s attorney, Greg Kafoury says Safeway allowed the videos to be recycled from all but two of the 20 video cameras at the store.

“They destroyed almost all of it, they allowed them to recycle after the letter,” Kafoury said. 

After a trial and many hours of deliberating, the jurors decided to award the full amount Armstrong-Stevenson requested: $102,000 for medical expenses, $525,000 for pain and disability and $1 million in punitive damages.

Fox 12 is still waiting for a response from Safeway.

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