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$________ Negligent maintenance of sidewalk abutting home used as rental property – Trip and fall on cracked sidewalk – Compression lumbar fracture – Plaintiff misses one year from job as teacher

Hudson County, NJ

The 52 year-old plaintiff alleged the defendants, the owners of a two-story residential property, negligently failed to adequately inspect and maintain the abutting sidewalk. The property was classified as commercial for purposes of the litigation, because it was rented to others. The plaintiff contended that as she tripped and fell in a crack, and sustained a compression fracture at T12, she will suffer permanent pain, and was unable to return to work as a teacher for approximately one year. The defendants denied that the fall occurred at this location. The defendants relied on inconsistent statements in the hospital record to allege the plaintiff did not injure herself on the sidewalk, but rather fell while attempting to sit on a chair. The plaintiff obtained a statement from a witness who saw the plaintiff fall on the sidewalk in rebuttal.

The defendants maintained that the injuries resolved overtime.The case settled prior to trial for $________.

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