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ARTICLE ID 191133

$________ Premises Liability – Fall Down – Plaintiff private ambulance driver slips and falls on black ice in industrial park in which employer leased space – Ankle fracture – Surgery.

Ocean County, NJ

The 24-year-old plaintiff, a private ambulance driver, whose employer leased at the defendant industrial park, contended that as he walked in the parking lot, he slipped and fell on black ice that was covered by a light layer of snow. The defendant contended that the weather records showed that it had not started snowing until after 12:00 midnight and had not stopped snowing until approximately 10:00 a.m. The defendant maintained that it was reasonable for their contractor not to start snow and ice removal until after the 7:00 a.m. incident.

The plaintiff countered that the industrial park was open 24 hours per day, housed a school bus company and also a bakery that opened early in addition to the ambulance company and contended that it clearly should have made snow removal efforts prior to the time of the fall. The plaintiff contended that he sustained a fractured right ankle of the fibular shaft which ultimately required surgery to repair with a plate and screws. The plaintiff underwent a second operation to remove the screws.

He contended that he will permanently suffer pain and some difficulties ambulating during weather changes and while walking on uneven surfaces. The plaintiff returned to work.The case settled prior to trial for $________.

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