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$________ Premises Liability – Inadequate Lighting – Plaintiff trips on the rear staircase in common area of condominium association – Failure of condo association to keep area properly lit – Tibial plateau fracture.

Cook County, IL

In this negligence matter, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant was negligent in failing to properly light a common area. The dimly light stairway caused the plaintiff to trip and fall. She suffered a tibial plateau fracture. The defendant denied the allegations and disputed the nature and extent of the plaintiff’s injuries and damages.

The 53-year-old female plaintiff was using the back stairway in the common area of the defendant’s condominium. The area was dimly lit and the plaintiff, who could not see properly, tripped and fell on the stairs. As a result of her fall, she suffered a tibial plateau fracture. The plaintiff underwent surgery for the repair of the fracture, but later required a total knee replacement.

The plaintiff brought suit against the defendant condominium association alleging that it created a hazardous condition in failing to keep the common area of the four-flat unit where the stairway was located properly lit for guests. The defendant denied the allegations of negligence and maintained that the plaintiff was liable for her own injuries and damages. The defendant also disputed the nature and extent of the plaintiff’s injuries and damages.The matter proceeded to trial. After a four day trial, the jury deliberated for two hours and returned their verdict in favor of the plaintiff and against the defendant. The jury awarded the plaintiff the sum of $________ in damages for her injuries.

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