A huge verdict against the owners of a condo in Gulf Shores: a Louisiana man filing a lawsuit saying he was paralyzed after diving into Little Lagoon.
The judgement and the facts of the case are causing a lot of attention.
The condo in question is in the 1300 block of West Lagoon Avenue in Gulf Shores.
And the judgement was in the millions.
The lawsuit was filed by a Louisiana man, Samuel Steib, against the owners of the condo, Roy and Cindy Cheatwood, who are also from Louisiana.
The judgement was for $11.6 million.
In the lawsuit, Steib says he and his friends rented the condo in 2016.
The complaint says Steib dove into Little Lagoon in less than three feet of water, broke his spine, and is a quadriplegic.
In the lawsuit, Steib maintained the condo owners knew Little Lagoon was shallow and unsafe for short term rental tourists and that they failed to provide basic safety warnings.
But the defendants say the undisputed testimony from Steib at the trial establishes Steib began drinking whiskey at approximately 5:15 p.m., on August 4, 2016, while on his way to Gulf Shores and that he continued to drink beer until approximately 1:00 a.m. on August 5th, 2016, and, that at approximately 1:20 a.m., he dove into the water head first.
An attorney for the Cheatwoods says he's disappointed in the verdict and is strongly considering an appeal.