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Michael R. Varble & Associates, P.C Secures $150K Settlement in Premises Liability Trip & Fall Case

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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