POSTED: 9:54 p.m. HST, Sep 7, 2012
A Honolulu man left permanently disabled after slipping on a wet floor at the Mai Tai Bar in Ala Moana Center has been awarded more than $2 million in damages.
Ernesto Verdugo was leaving the popular gathering spot, which is owned by the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., when he slipped on a tile floor slick with spilled drinks and landed hard on his left leg, according to Verdugo’s attorney Howard Glickstein.
The trauma resulted in a serious blood clot and, later, a condition called post-thrombotic syndrome, a painful, lifelong condition in which impeded circulation causes chronic swelling in Verdugo’s left leg. The condition left Verdugo, a former tour guide and bodybuilder, unable to work.