Last week the city of St. Paul, Minnesota reached a settlement with a woman from Lake City, MN. While visiting St. Paul in 2011, the sixty-nine year old woman tripped on a stump and fell. Her fall left her with injuries, medical expenses, and "physical and mental anguish". The city denied liability for the fall- the woman fell over a three-inch stump in a circular well, covered in snow- yet recently settled for $124,000. In the settlement, the woman will agree to not proceed with any civil litigation against the city of St. Paul regarding the incident. While citizens do not have legal standing to sue a state or the United States (except in limited exceptions), cities are not immune from lawsuits. It is unclear the severity of St. Paul's breach of duty in this situation, yet the claim was serious enough for the city to settle at $124,000 for this injury. With the help of the settlement, the woman will have the financial resources she needs for her past and future medical bills.
Premises liability and safety of patrons of a business or public place plays an important role in our society. It is paramount to determine who bears the responsibility of an unsafe condition of a public place. The attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC have experience with premises liability cases and can help you recover for injuries that you or a family member sustain while on a business owner's property that is open to the public. Please call (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 for a no-obligation consultation regarding your potential case.
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