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ARTICLE ID 50165

Premises liability - Hazardous premises - Trip and Fall - The plaintiff tripped and fell over threshold to sliding glass door on the deck - Fractured thumb - Injuries to arm and wrist which resulted in scarring.

Hartford County, Connecticut

This was a premises liability matter, in which the plaintiff alleged that the defendant was negligent in permitting a hazardous condition to exist on her deck, which caused the plaintiff’s fall. The defendant denied the allegations of negligence and maintained that the plaintiff was negligent in failing to watch where she was headed.

In ________, the female plaintiff was invited to the defendant’s home for dinner. The two women took a walk and went to re-enter the defendant’s home through the sliding glass door on the defendant’s deck. The plaintiff alleged that she tripped on the uneven threshold of the door and fell injuring her arm, wrist and fracturing her thumb. The plaintiff alleged that she suffered scarring of her arm and wrist as well as continued problems with her fractured thumb.

The plaintiff brought suit against the defendant, alleging that the defendant permitted the threshold of her door to be higher than is permitted by building codes thereby, creating a dangerous condition. The plaintiff contended that the defendant failed to remedy the unsafe condition, which presented a danger. The defendant denied the allegations and maintained that the plaintiff did not watch where she was going and was responsible for her own injuries.

At the conclusion of the trial, the jury returned its verdict in favor of the defendant and against the plaintiff.

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