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“It’s comforting to know that even though this happened to my daughter, Jonathan S. Harris helped prevent it from happening to anyone else.”- Carlita Gutierrez

It was a typical afternoon when Carlita and her 2-year-old daughter were shopping for cellphones at a local Metro PCS store. The 2-year-old reached for a cell phone that had a cord attached to the display. The display then toppled onto her. The 2-year-old was life-flighted to the hospital with near-death injuries including a crushed trachea that was blocking her airway. Carlita called Jonathan S. Harris of SMSH Legal for help. Here is what she said to say about her experience:

“Jonathan S. Harris came up to the hospital to meet with me and discuss the accident. He was very generous throughout the process, bringing me care baskets, food, and anything else I needed. I felt like I could call on him like a friend. He was very professional and on top of the case. He sent out an investigator immediately to mark off the area where the accident happened so evidence could not be tampered with. He was very attentive and I was confident that I was in good hands the whole time. It’s comforting to know that even though this happened to my daughter, Jonathan S. Harris helped prevent it from happening to anyone else.”

Attorney Jonathan S. Harris obtained a $1.1 million dollar settlement against the Metro PCS franchise for not properly securing the display to the wall. The Metro PCS store denied it was responsible, claiming it had no notice of the problem. Metro PCS also blamed the child’s mother for not watching her closely enough while in the store. After taking the case, Jonathan S. Harris filed suit immediately and requested a protective order to secure the display and any fittings used to secure the display to the wall. An inspection revealed the Metro PCS store did nothing to secure the display to the wall, even though the display was top-heavy and had a tendency to tip over. The lawsuit also uncovered documents from the manufacturer that contained instructions and hardware to bolt the display to the wall.

Attorney Jonathan S. Harris is honored to represent victims of premise liability and other personal injuries statewide. The attorneys at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, LLP. have recovered millions of dollars for the families of personal injury for over 50 years. If you have been injured in a serious accident, call 713-364-0723 to speak to an experienced attorney.

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