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$________ Premises Liability – Fall down – Failure to maintain outdoor stairs – Uneven, slippery condition – Leg and ankle fractures with surgery – Defendant in default

Palm Beach County, FL

The plaintiff alleged that the defendant negligently failed to maintain the wooden stairs to the deck of his home, causing the plaintiff to slip and fall. The defendant was placed in default for failure to answer the complaint, and the case was heard as an assessment of causation and damages only.

The plaintiff was a 46-year-old female who was an invited guest at the defendant’s home at the time of injury. She testified that she was walking down the defendant’s outside deck stairs, when she slipped and fell as a result of the uneven and slippery condition of the steps.

The plaintiff was diagnosed with spiral fractures of her leg and ankle, and underwent open reduction and internal fixation of the fracture. The plaintiff testified that she is now precluded from many physical activities, and continues to suffer pain and limitation of motion.The jury awarded the plaintiff $________ in damages. The award included $________ in past medical expenses; $________ in future medical expenses; $________ in past pain and suffering, and $________ in future pain and suffering.

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