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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:Leonard Ogburn, a 56-year-old truck driver for Consolidated Freight Co., made regular deliveries to Sanmina-SCI Corp. At one point he informed personnel at Sanmina that the warehouse door he was required to use was broken and needed to be fixed before someone got hurt. Several weeks later, while opening the Sanmina warehouse door, a roller fell off the door and landed on Ogburn’s shoulder, injuring him. Ogburn filed a premises liability suit against Sanmina. At trial, Ogburn reiterated the fact that he told Sanmina of the defective door, and he also presented evidence that for weeks before the accident, the door was routinely propped open with a pole or piece of wood. Sanmina contended that it did not have actual or constructive notice of the problem with the door’s roller. Ogburn also presented evidence from his doctor that, though Ogburn was forgoing a specific recommended surgical treatment, the $25,000 surgery would become essential if Ogburn’s condition worsened. Ogburn also presented testimony that he would be required to take $300 worth of medications each month for the rest of his life. A jury found Sanmina 70 percent negligent and Ogburn 30 percent negligent. As part of the damages awarded to Ogburn, $45,000 was set to cover future medical care expenses. On appeal, Sanmina again disputes its knowledge of the door’s condition. Sanmina argues its awareness that the door would not remain open unless propped open constitutes knowledge of an “unrelated condition” and such knowledge cannot be substituted for knowledge of the specific dangerous condition that caused Ogburn’s injury. It also asserts that the evidence is factually and legally insufficient to support the jury’s finding on future medical care expenses. HOLDING:Affirmed. The court finds it undisputed that Sanmina was aware that the door was broken, noting, too, that after Ogburn was injured, Sanmina repaired the door by adding new rollers. Although Sanmina may not have been aware of the specific problem with the rollers, it was aware of the dangerous condition created by the broken door. Simply because Ogburn was injured by the door in a different manner than might have been anticipated does not change the fact that his injury was foreseeable. Noting that appellate courts are particularly reluctant to disturb a jury award of future medical expenses, the court finds the evidence of the cost of the surgical procedure and the costs of future medication supports the $45,000 award for these kinds of damages. OPINION:Morris, J.; Morris, Moseley and FitzGerald, JJ.

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