Verdict Alert

Attorneys Ross Wright and Cesar Juarez won a true David versus Goliath battle in a personal injury case tried in federal district court last week.  Daniel D. Keyes (Dan) broke a bone and suffered other injuries that required knee and hip replacement surgeries after several unsecured windows crashed down on him from a five-foot shelf at a Sioux Falls Menards store.  The DIY giant denied responsibility for two years – a few weeks before trial, Menards finally agreed it had a duty to protect its customers and failed to do that with Dan. Then, at trial, the corporation audaciously argued Dan should receive only approximately $6,500 in damages because he had pre-existing degenerative arthritis to both joints and was going to require the surgeries at some point in the future.  Attorneys Wright and Juarez did not back down; they stood up for Dan.  Ultimately, the seven-member jury did too.  They awarded Dan $335,363.27 as reimbursement for medical bills, lost earnings, pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. 

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