July 30, 2019

$1,750,000 – Premises – Slip and Fall on Wet Stairs – Neck Injury

Tracy Andrews v. 20-30 Realty LLC Supreme Court Kings County 522396/16

Plaintiff, 45-years-old female, was walking down the stairs in her apartment building when she slipped and fell on wet stairs that had recently been mopped by the building’s porter. Plaintiff claimed that there were no signs placed to warn tenants that the stairs were wet. As a result of the fall, plaintiff fell down the stairs, injuring her neck. Immediately following her fall, plaintiff complained of shoulder pain and sought treatment in the emergency room, where she was treated and released. Two weeks after the accident plaintiff began to feel neck pain with associated numbness and tingling down her arm and into her hand and fingers. Thereafter plaintiff began a course of physical therapy and ultimately underwent surgery to her cervical spine.

Defendants denied that the stairs were wet or that the stairs had been mopped prior to her fall. In the alternative, defendants claimed plaintiff should have seen the water on the stairs and was partially at fault for slipping and falling. Defendants also claimed that plaintiff injuries were degenerative in nature, her complaints were related to pre-existing conditions and she did not need any future care or treatment.

Judd F. Kleeger, Partner, settled this matter prior to trial for $1,750,000.

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