A San Angelo woman was awarded $5.67 million after suffering injuries in a fall at a McDonald's restaurant.
The StarAdvertiser reported that Beverly Munguia said she was waiting for her order at the McDonald's in Maui when she got up to get drinks for her table. Manguia said she when stepped away from the table her foot slipped on something on the floor causing her to fall. Munguia fell on her bottom, which caused a burst compression fracture of the L1 vertebra in her lower back, said Michael Cruise, her attorney.
Cruise said Munguia underwent two surgeries, but all they did was stabilize the injury. She is now permanently disabled, suffers chronic pain and is confined to a wheelchair most of the time, he said.
On Wednesday the U.S. District Court jury awarded Munguia $2.67 million in special damages for past and future medical expenses, lost wages and retirement benefits. The jury also awarded her $3 million in general damages for pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
"I am disappointed with the verdict and believe it is excessive and not representative of the facts presented in the case," McDonald's franchisee Grelyn Rosario said in a written statement.