A plaintiff injured in a slip and fall accident at her Hasbrouck Heights apartment building was recently awarded $872,000 by a Bergen County jury. Plaintiff slipped on a mat located on the bottom step of the staircase at her apartment building. As a result of the fall, she sustained a herniated lumbar disc requiring multiple epidural injections and two surgical procedures. At the time of the accident, plaintiff was an unemployed secretary looking for work, but is now unable to resume work. Plaintiff sued the owner of the building, who alleged that plaintiff sustained only soft tissue injuries in the fall. Trial lasted a total of nice days, after which the jury awarded plaintiff damages for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and household services.