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Woman sues over sister's death after fall at restaurant

There are 38 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Jul 31, 2008, titled Woman sues over sister's death after fall at restaurant. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

Charlotte A. Cipriani used to play the piano every day in the lobby of her retirement home.

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TIMETOGETPAID

Suffolk, VA

#21 Aug 1, 2008
$$$ Show me the money $$$. I am sure she will donate it all to a good cause like the homeless old people and orphans.
stop

Newport News, VA

#22 Aug 1, 2008
lawyers are scum
W_T_F

Newport News, VA

#23 Aug 1, 2008
all judges were lawyers...hummm....sounds to me like the cousin slamed the door or let it go too quickly...but he does not have pockets as deep as red lobster..
punked

United States

#24 Aug 1, 2008
Trailer Trash wrote:
White trash.
I'll bet if the shoe was on the other foot, you wouldn't be so callous....
Heather

Virginia Beach, VA

#25 Aug 1, 2008
when my grandmother was in her 60's I believe(she's 95 now) up in Boston, she was walking out of a restaurant and the door(a sliding one) came off the track and fell on her, causing her to have a stroke. dIFFERENCES...THERE WERE WITNESSES THEN...not this time as has already been stated. Also, though it was explained from the doctor that the door was the direct cause of the stroke, my family didnt even think of suing.
I am very sorry for the family of this lady...but there were no witnesses. The way the sister is trying to explain what happened is very detailed for no witnesses. My condolences...but a lawsuit is not the way to go here. Come up with wintesses, then speak to the lawyers
Leland

United States

#26 Aug 1, 2008
I hope the publicity about this lawsuit brings nothing but shame and indignation to the lawyers who convinced this woman to bring such an absurd lawsuit.

How many people walked through that door in the course of the same day, unharmed. How can this woman (and her attorneys) claim that the door was at fault when neither she nor the relative with her sister witnessed the fall?

This is a complete waste of the time and resources of our court system.
I need the money

Newport News, VA

#27 Aug 1, 2008
Hey if the money is right? I was there and saw the whole thing !!!
s and w

Davenport, IA

#28 Aug 1, 2008
No witnessess?????????? Case closed!!!!! put yer money down!!!
sigh

Carrollton, VA

#29 Aug 1, 2008
the door??? thats stretching it...she might as well sue nature for causing gravity
Astro

Hampton, VA

#30 Aug 1, 2008
"There's a lot of confusion as to the details of what caused the guest to fall"
"(Fuller)went to the restaurant and saw liquid leaking out of the door's hydraulic system and noted the problem with the door. A store manager, she said, told her the restaurant had been having problems with the door. "It looked like it had been there for a while," she said of the problem."

If they can't tell exactly what happened at the restaurant, I don't see where they would have any sort of case. It's like saying she fell at Best Buy but they don't know how she fell. As for the door, IF it was leaking hydraulic fluid or anything else out of the door, I'm sure their management would've had that taken care of as soon as they could get someone to repair the door. But if only one person saw it, was it really leaking? And I agree with someone above, for not having any witnesses and for the person filing the lawsuit, there's a lot of detail to this story. A little too much detail I think. I smell greed here.
joe NN

Chesapeake, VA

#31 Aug 2, 2008
Folks, there are pictures of leaking hydraulic fluid from door, the doors are heavy from ram pressure,repaired soon after the incident .Awaress may prevent this from happening to your grandmother, mother, or god forbid your child..Trust me you have not seen all the facts...
Kim Lucas

Yorktown, VA

#32 Aug 2, 2008
It amazes me - as it does in many cases- that people have nothing better to do than to judge others for the decisions they make in their life. I read stuff like this every day and it saddens me that people are so miserable that all they have to do is post comments about things they know nothing about while hiding behind their little screen names. A woman can sue McDonalds because she spills hot coffee on herself or finds a cooked animal part in her chicken and life still goes on. People sue everyday, some with merritt and others without but who are we to judge. I certainly do not know all the facts and I'm sure most of us never will but is it worth bashing someone that none of us have ever met. If it makes you feel better than more power to you I just hope none of us ever have to walk in her shoes.
Good Grief

Norfolk, VA

#33 Aug 2, 2008
I think you meant to say "fall in her shoes". Does a big payoff make the relatives feel less responsible? I mean, one of the relatives should have accompanied their old, frail, retirment home senior citizen out of the restaurant regardless of the condition of the door. Maybe it relieves their own guilt about the situation to sue and hopefully win big bucks.
Richard

Norfolk, VA

#34 Aug 2, 2008
It seems to me that this case has some merit...Yes, it would be better for the plaintiff if someone actually saw the fall, but she wouldn't end up several feet away if she just fell on her own...If the manager admitted there was a problem with the door, which it seems from the article that he did, then they might have a case...Maybe not $12 million, but perhaps a tenth of that, or $1.2 million.
Shelley

Newport News, VA

#35 Aug 9, 2008
It is a little known fact that the woman who sued McDonalds got nothing. The judgement was overturned on appeal. However, being burned with coffee that you know is hot and someone being fatally injured is like comparing, well, there is no comparison. I do believe in our judicial system and the Judge or Jury that will hear this case.
Kim Lucas wrote:
It amazes me - as it does in many cases- that people have nothing better to do than to judge others for the decisions they make in their life. I read stuff like this every day and it saddens me that people are so miserable that all they have to do is post comments about things they know nothing about while hiding behind their little screen names. A woman can sue McDonalds because she spills hot coffee on herself or finds a cooked animal part in her chicken and life still goes on. People sue everyday, some with merritt and others without but who are we to judge. I certainly do not know all the facts and I'm sure most of us never will but is it worth bashing someone that none of us have ever met. If it makes you feel better than more power to you I just hope none of us ever have to walk in her shoes.
Cledus Maggard

Schaumburg, IL

#36 Aug 9, 2008
Would it still be the same *gross negligence* if the restaurant agreed to repair the door... which I'm sure they have... as opposed to paying $12 million?
Forrest Gump

Schaumburg, IL

#37 Aug 9, 2008
Bumper Sticker Guy: Hey man! Hey listen, I was wondering if you might help me.'Cause I'm in the bumper sticker business and I've been trying to think of a good slogan, and since you've been such a big inspiration to the people around here I thought you might be able to help me jump into - WOAH! Man, you just ran through a big pile of dog s---!
Forrest Gump: It happens.
Bumper Sticker guy: What, s---?
Forrest Gump: Sometimes.
My theory

Newport News, VA

#39 Aug 11, 2008
While my sympathies go out to this family, here's what I don't understand. If the hydraulics are designed to close the door, without the fluid or some sort of spring back mechanism, the door is just floating on its hinge and becomes just like any other door and won't close without an outside force, like "someone' closing it
What do you think?

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