Starbucks has agreed to pay a $4.8 million dollar settlement to an elderly Pasadena woman who sued the company after she tripped and fell at one of its coffee shops. Mildred Rodgers, 78, fell after entering the Starbucks store on November 15, 2005 due to a bulge on the rear entrance stairway. When the woman fell down a few steps, she fractured her femur and two days later had surgery. As a result of the surgery, Ms. Rodgers had a stroke and ultimately had three more strokes three years later.
Today, Ms. Rodgers is unable to speak, except for very short sentences, and is pretty much wheelchair-bound. She can walk in her house with assistance. A contractor who was called in to temporarily fix the floor wrote a note in April, 2005 that the flooring should be replaced. In addition, a city health inspector told the store it needed to replace the flooring an hour before the trip and fall. The case was settled on the first day of trial.
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