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Guitarist held half at fault for casino slip

A Clay County jury awarded $100,000 to a man who slipped and fell at a casino, but the plaintiff was held 50 percent at fault for the accident.

Paul M. Dragon alleged that he slipped on a wet marble floor at Harrah’s North Kansas City in January 2008. Ned Shine, one of Dragon’s attorneys, said the plaintiff broke his right wrist, requiring two surgeries. Shine assisted lead attorney Rob Sullivan of Sullivan Law in Kansas City.

Dragon was a rockabilly guitar player, and his attorneys said the injuries have interfered with his ability to make music.

“He used to be able to do great licks,” Shine said. Now, “he has trouble holding a pick.”

Dragon sought $250,000 at trial. Although the net award is only $50,000, Shine noted that his client had paid out just $4,000 for his medical treatment.

An attorney for the casino, K. Christopher Jayaram of Horn Aylward & Bandy, didn’t return a call seeking comment.

$100,000 plaintiff’s verdict

Slip and fall 

Allocation of fault: 50 percent to plaintiff, 50 percent to defendant

Venue: Clay County Circuit Court

Case number/date: 10CY-CV07509/June 5, 2014

Judge: Shane Terril Alexander

Last pretrial offer: $20,000

Last pretrial demand: $100,000

Special damages: $23,000 in medical bills ($4,000 paid)

Caption: Paul M. Dragon v. Harrah’s North Kansas City LLC

Plaintiff’s attorneys: Rob C. Sullivan, Sullivan Law, Kansas City; Ned Shine, Law Offices of Edmond T. Shine, Kansas City

Defendant’s attorney: K. Christopher Jayaram, Horn Aylward & Bandy, Kansas City