Daniel Bentz, managing partner of Marks O’Neill’s Pittsburgh office, was successful in obtaining a defense verdict on behalf of a professional client in a premises liability case filed in Beaver County, PA. The Plaintiff alleged that when he arrived at the parking lot, in the evening, the outdoor lights were not functioning and the parking lot was too dark to see a singular patch of ice that was between him and the entrance to the building. The Plaintiff, who was ambulating on crutches at the time, alleged that his crutch slipped on the ice causing him to fall and aggravate his surgically repaired ankle. Among the damages sought were, pain and suffering from two subsequent revision surgeries, loss of income, loss of business income, loss of future income, and other non-economic damages. After three days of trial, the jury found that the Plaintiff was more than 51% negligent in causing his injury and harm. Therefore, pursuant to Pennsylvania’s Comparative Negligence law, the Plaintiff was barred from recovering any amount in damages from our client.