Trip-and-Fall on Staircase
LVT Number: 19069
Tenant sued landlord for negligence after she tripped and fell on the building's staircase. Landlord claimed that it wasn't responsible, because tenant made a misstep, and landlord asked the court to dismiss the case. The court ruled against landlord. Landlord appealed and lost. Tenant stated during pretrial questioning that she'd reached out for a handrail when she was falling, but it wasn't there. Photographs showed that the handrail didn't extend the full length of the stairway. A trial was needed to determine whether the absence of the handrail caused tenant's injuries.
Palmer v. 165 E. 72nd Apartment Corp.: NYLJ, 8/7/06, p. 38, col. 2 (App. Div. 2 Dept.; Schmidt, JP, Santucci, Luciano, Covello, JJ)