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ARTICLE ID 202057

$________ Premises liability – Hazardous premises – Plaintiff nurse manager for tenant in defendant’s office building contends failure to maintain and inspect pneumatic door closer in common area rest room – Door closes with force as plaintiff is leaving rest room – Plaintiff knocked down and suffers bilateral patella fractures requiring knee replacements to each knee – Plaintiff, in late 60s at time of incident, returns to work.

Middlesex County, NJ

The plaintiff, age 68 at the time of the incident and 72 at the time of the accident, who worked as a nurse manager for a tenant in the office building, contended that that the pneumatic door closer in the common area rest room failed, resulting in her being struck in the back as she was leaving, falling. The defendant denied any notice of the condition and pointed to the absence of prior complaints.

The plaintiff maintained that if the defendant properly inspected and maintained the door closer, it would have determined that it was in danger of failing. The plaintiff also asserted that the defendant had performed recent work in the area of the door. The defendant denied that this claim was accurate.

The plaintiff was knocked down when the door struck her in the back and suffered fractures bilateral patella fractures. The plaintiff required knee replacements on each side. The plaintiff contended that despite the surgery, she suffers daily significant pain that is heightened upon changes in weather. The plaintiff also suffered a concussion and facial lacerations that resolved.

The plaintiff has continued working.The case settled prior to trial for $________.

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