Premises Liability – Defense Verdict
An innkeeper sued by a guest for serious personal injuries in the Berkshire Superior Court was successfully defended.
The plaintiff, while a guest of the inn, fell down a flight of stairs while reading a framed and mounted newspaper article on the wall. She alleged that the article’s position relative to the stairs, in conjunction with the configuration of the staircase, constituted an unreasonable and dangerous hazard. The plaintiff sustained a fractured tibia, fractured right shoulder, shoulder dislocation and a fractured skull. At trial, the plaintiff offered approximately $120,000 in medical bills and claimed persistent effects stemming from the accident, including mobility issues and frequent migraine headaches. The settlement demand from the plaintiff’s attorney prior to trial was $1 million.