Robert Bork, a former Republican nominee to the United States Supreme Court filed a slip and fall lawsuit against the Yale Club for negligence. He sought $1 million in damages for injuries he sustained from a fall at the club in 2006. In May, 2008, Bork, through his attorneys, achieved a confidential settlement.
Bork, in his lawsuit, alleged that he was at the Yale Club in Manhattan to speak at an event and that the club failed to provide steps and a handrail for safe access onto the dais. As a result, Bork fell and claimed he injured his leg and head while attemping to get onto the dais.
Bork claimed he sustained a large hematoma, which is a swelling of blood, in his lower left leg . The injury eventually required surgery and physical therapy. He claimed to have suffered “excruciating pain” as a result of the injury and walks with a limp according to the complaint, which is the initial pleading filed by a plaintiff with the court.
Robert Bork is a conservative Republican who taught at Yale’s Law School in the 1960s and 70s. Later, in the 1980s he was nominated to the United States Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan, but withdrew his nomination during a controversial Senate confirmation hearing.
Pro-business lobbyists, as well as the Republican party, frequently complain about “slip and fall” lawsuits, often reciting the moniker that they are “frivilous.” The irony of this case is that Bork is one of the leading legal minds in the conservative movement which has advocated tort reform.
This case illustrates that when you or a loved one has been seriously injured, that compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering suddenly becomes vitally important. The unfortunate reality for proponents of tort reform, as Robert Bork apparently discovered after his fall, is that frequently these lawsuits have merit. A lot of these types of falls can be prevented if people and businesses just pay attention and use reasonable care. When the legal duty to use to use reasonable care is violated and results in a fall that could have easily been prevented, it is fair to be compensated for your damages.
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