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Man disabled after slipping at Mai Tai Bar wins $2M in damages


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.

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