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$200,000 Verdict Awarded to Citizen Who Tripped and Fell on Jail Property

A New York state court jury awarded a woman $200,000 in total damages for injuries incurred after she tripped and fell on the side walk in front of a New York City Jail. The 62-year-old woman, who worked as a home health aide at the time of the incident, tripped and fell over a piece of metal plate that had negligently been left on the ground at a construction site in front of the jail.
The sidewalk in front of the jail was under construction and had scaffolding over it. The woman said she did not see the metal on the ground because it was dark. It was later learned the woman had sustained a fractured shoulder, which rendered her unable to perform her duties as a home health aide. Her expert testified that she would eventually require shoulder replacement surgery in order to repair or correct her condition.
After a trial that lasted six days, the jury awarded the woman $19,000 in past pain and suffering, $150,000 for future pain and suffering over 15 years, $25,000 for future medical costs, and $9,000 for lost earnings, totaling $208,000. The defendants’ motion to reverse that October 30, 2007, verdict was denied. See: Ghin v. City of New York, New York County Court, Index No: 112713/2003.

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