Review set for $2M pizza case in Fairfield

By From page A3 | April 24, 2014

FAIRFIELD — An Aug. 6 case management conference is set in the case of a man who seeks more than $2 million for injuries and lost wages that he said followed his slipping and falling because of water around the front door of the Round Table Pizza on Business Center Drive.

Joseph Buchmeier seeks the damages that include past and future lost wages, stated an attorney for Round Table, which disputes the liability claimed in the Solano County Superior Court case.

The incident took place June 10, 2011, and the suit was filed June 5, 2013.

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  • MattApril 24, 2014 - 6:19 am

    I tip my delivery guy well but 2 mill? It's time for a career change I think.

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  • 2realApril 24, 2014 - 6:41 am

    2mil? Are you serious? When you slipped and fell.... did you bump your head?

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  • My2centsApril 24, 2014 - 6:53 am

    Two slip & fall "news" pieces in one day. Wow, with everything going on in Fairfield!? Really?

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  • JazzAzzApril 24, 2014 - 7:41 am

    There will always be people that take advantage in situations like this, often times even spilling the liquid first themselves. Not saying that is what happened here. Any video cameras mounted in the area??? Anyway, while in Pismo Beach, my Wife slipped on some liquid in a local Albertson's store over in Arroyo Grande, and hit the floor hard, and was very lucky not to be hurt at all, just shaken up. She wasn't offered one thing, not even our groceries for free. Didn't even them have write up an incident report, which was dumb on our part, because she may have woken up the next day in pain, especially having osteoporosis. We didn't even consider, suing. We are just not those type of people. Crap happens, unfortunately. But it is really too bad that there are people that make a career of this. I hope that any civil jury looks at this person closely, the defense bringing up any and all past incidents, not saying the plaintiff has, just saying :-)

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  • MDSApril 24, 2014 - 12:56 pm

    The problem here is lawyers and our civil court system. Years ago your wife would have likely got some free groceries from the story. But now if they would have given her anything at all, later in court an attorney can turn that into an admission of guilt. Lawyers for these big companies always makes sure all their managers know these things. Never admit fault, never agree to pay for anything, and never apologize. All can later be used against you. Kind of sad when you think about it. The fear of liability has made the Country a much less friendly place.

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  • BaseballmomApril 24, 2014 - 2:27 pm

    Exactly. Fear of a lawsuit has caused us to lose our humanity and compassion with and for one another. And the plaintiff's lawyers are laughing all the way to the bank.

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  • CD BrooksApril 24, 2014 - 7:43 am

    They should have offered free pizza for life. And toss in some twists too! ;)

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  • CD BrooksApril 24, 2014 - 7:50 am

    Are you seeing the gun adds here? If we all run over and grab us an AK47 then walk in to get our permits it's game over dude! ;) I gotta go out and install a locking mechanism on top of my Vette!

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  • BobApril 24, 2014 - 8:41 am

    Don't laugh My grandmother slipped in front of a business on water they had just hosed down out front as she was entering She was dead one month later from complications from the fall and injuries caused I know there are several people around that make a living doing ADA law suits Stop judging by newspaper reports

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  • NotaDeadGrandmaSlipnSlideApril 24, 2014 - 6:30 pm

    He filed two years later. I dont think he was dead.

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  • Danny BuntinApril 24, 2014 - 2:46 pm

    Who can I sue when it rains???? Time for some window shopping, come on rain.

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  • DoWhatYouHaveToDoApril 24, 2014 - 2:50 pm

    I was taught a long time ago to never assume!!...Many of you on here are doing just that. None of you were there, maybe this guy actually got hurt and maybe it cost him a lot. I was hit by a woman txt messaging while driving, I was riding passenger side in the vehicle and that's where the car hit. That accident cost me lost wages and physical therapy along with ER visit. Please believe I got a lawyer and did what I had to do!!. Not fair to judge and throw you're assumptions out there unless you were involved. You all know what you get when you assume.

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  • JagApril 24, 2014 - 9:21 pm

    Physical therapy is useless and a joke a waste of your co-pay and insurance money so that pretty much put your clam out the window

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  • Mr GreenApril 24, 2014 - 3:01 pm

    Im just commenting on the article here. I dont know the full story. I also dont know the extent of his injuries but it sounds like he got pretty banged up. Most personal injury lawyers working on contingent receive 1/3 of the cash plus their expenses. Depending on the number of hours the attorneys put into the cases, fees for expert witnesses or other fees, the attorneys typically receive 40% to 60% of the total and the injured person receives the rest of it. If he has to live in constant chronic pain now, and will have to do so the rest of his life. Based on his age and life expectancy, how much do you guys think he should be reimbursed to have to live like this everyday for the rest of his life. Lets say hes 30 years old, and he is expected to live to the age 76. Thats 46 more years of life. That one million dollars over 46 years only equals only $60 a day. Not a whole lot of money to have to live in pain everyday (no you dont just get used to it after a while), and relying on others to help you do things, also missing out on things you enjoyed before getting injured. Chances are this case will be settled out of court for between $500,000 (average serious personal injury settlement) and $1,000,000 most personal injury lawsuit rarely make it to trial. That means this injured person will probably get between $250,000-$500,000 or ($15-$20 a day). How much would someone have to pay you to live in constant chronic pain, rely on others to help you do things, and missing out on things you enjoyed before getting injured?

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  • HowMuchIsYourLifeWorthApril 24, 2014 - 6:32 pm

    I actually agree with you.

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