A Middlesex County jury on Oct. 29 awarded $1 million in the case of a woman who sustained knee, hip and spinal injuries during a fall at a BJ’s Wholesale Club. The jury’s apportionment of fault to the plaintiff reduced the net verdict to $850,000 in the case, Gaguancela v. BJ’s Wholesale Club Inc.
According to court documents and counsel, on June 27, 2016, plaintiff Norma Gaguancela was shopping at a BJ’s location on Route 17 North in East Rutherford when she slipped and fell on a wet floor in the frozen food section. She was hospitalized with right hip and knee pain, and a month later visited a chiropractor she had first seen following a June 2013 auto accident, according to her lawyer, Paul Caliendo of Gill & Chamas in Woodbridge, who said Gaguancela sustained several injuries in the fall: meniscus and cartilage damage in the right knee, tears in the right hip and shoulder, ankle sprain, and disc bulges and herniations at the lumbar level. Her treatments included knee and ankle surgery, Caliendo said.
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