On April 14, 2014, a resident of Chelsea Ridge Apartments fell down an
exterior stairwell while taking out the trash at 9:00 am. The fall resulted
in an injury to the resident’s ankle. He then turned to Michael
R. Varble & Associates, P.C. to represent him and take legal action
against the property owners with a premises liability suit.
Upon inspection of the stairwell structure, multiple defects were found,
as was evidence of neglect and poor upkeep. A plank of wood was being
used at the top of the stairs to fill a gap, but also caused a significant
lip in the walking surface to trip over. Additionally, anchoring posts
on the stairwell railing were rusted and poorly secured to the ground
below, resulting in wobbling support for residents using the stairs. Upon
investigation by the firm’s team, this disrepair was determined
to have directly contributed to their client’s injury.
The plaintiff suffered a displaced lateral malleolar fracture in his left
ankle. This particular kind of injury requires multiple surgeries to effectively
treat. The initial surgery, known as an open reduction with an internal
fixation, involves fitting the patient with a metal plate and screws.
A second surgery to remove the screws—along with significant rehabilitation—is
still pending for the client.
Michael R. Varble, Esq. led the suit and emphatically provided evidence
and assertion of the property owner’s failure to repair the faulty
stairwell structure. A settlement was quickly reached with the Chelsea
Ridge Apartments property owner totaling $150,000. The proceeds will not
only provide the victim relief for his medical bills, but also address
the pain and suffering that has unduly been inflicted in this incident.
Attorney Varble and the rest of the Michael R. Varble & Associates,
P.C. team are pleased to have once again recovered proper restitution
for personal injury victim. This client’s case was a clear demonstration
of property owner negligence and a failure to act on actual or constructive
notice of a defective and dangerous condition. These actions needed to
be answered for and Michael R. Varble & Associates, P.C. is proud
to have made that happen on behalf of a client who both deserved and needed relief.
Michael R. Varble & Associates, P.C. is a premiere legal firm comprised
of experienced Hudson Valley criminal defense, personal injury, family
law, estate planning, education law, and bankruptcy attorneys. With more
than 150 years of combined legal experience, the firm team continually
provides personalized, attentive legal service and advocacy to their clients
all over New York.
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