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ARTICLE ID 186905

$________ REVERSED IN POST TRIAL MOTIONS Premises Liability – Hazardous Premises – Plaintiff security officer trips over construction debris and falls – Wrist fracture – Spinal injuries – Knee pain.

New Haven County, CT

In this premises liability matter, the plaintiff was injured when he fell over debris in a construction area while working as a security guard. The plaintiff broke his wrist, suffered spinal injuries and left knee injuries. The defendants denied liability, denied causality and disputed the nature and extent of the plaintiff’s injuries and damages.

The male plaintiff was employed as a security guard and assigned to work at the defendant mall. The plaintiff was patrolling the area when he tripped on plastic debris in an area where construction was being done. As a result of the fall, the plaintiff sustained injuries to his wrist, back and neck. The plaintiff was diagnosed with a right wrist fracture, a triquetrum fracture of the wrist, a transjugular fibrocartilage complex tear in his right wrist, hyperextension/hyperflexion of his spine, left knee pain and contusions.

The plaintiff brought suit against the defendants alleging negligence in failing to keep the premises free and clear of any dangers and debris and failure to warn the plaintiffs of any hazardous conditions. The defendants denied negligence and disputed liability and causation. The defendants disputed liability for the plaintiff’s injuries and damages.The matter proceeded to trial. At the conclusion of the trial, the jury found in favor of the plaintiff and against the defendant. The jury assessed 20% liability to the plaintiff. The jury awarded the plaintiff the total sum of $________ in damages consisting of $________ in non-economic damages and $________ in lost wages and $________ in past medical expenses. During post-trial motions the court granted the defendants’ motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict. The court determined that the evidence did not establish the defendants’ control of the conditions where the plaintiff fell and defendants’ notice of the alleged defect.

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