In December, Managing Partner, Scott M. Wilhelm, Esq., obtained a $175,000.00 settlement for his client in a personal injury case. The woman, in her 50s, was attending the interment of a deceased at a cemetery. After exiting the car, she was walking toward the ceremony at the direction of the cemetery groundskeeper. As she was walking, without warning, she fell more than three feet off an old stone wall which had been covered by overgrown grass. She broke her ankle and had to undergo surgery which included the placement of hardware to stabilize the ankle. Mr. Wilhelm was able to establish that the cemetery failed to warn his client and others about the dangers of walking near the stone wall and that the cemetery had been aware for decades of the dangerous condition of the property. This case highlights the importance of property owners maintaining their property in a safe condition and not allowing it to become, and remain, in disrepair or in a dangerous and defective condition, when the public are invited onto the property.
If you have been injured while on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to money for the property owner’s negligence in failing to warn of the dangerous and defective condition of the property and failing to fix the property.
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