Largo woman gets $432,000 over fan


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A Largo woman was awarded $432,000 by a Pinellas County Circuit Court jury on Friday after alleging a ceiling fan at a Durango Steakhouse at Largo Mall fell on the back of her neck requiring her to have surgery.

Denise Coventry, 41, was having lunch in July 2004, her lawyer’s say, when the fan fell on her. Lawyers Jodi Leisure and Jim Magazine asked for economic damages up to $1-million. But jurors hearing testimony that Conventry would be able to return to work profitably in the future downgraded damages. Neither the lawyer who tried the case for the restaurant nor its owners could be reached for comment immediately.

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