$83,500 Settlement for Slip and Fall on Icy Parking Lot
Our client, then 58 years old, parked her car in a City of Poughkeepsie parking deck one morning at around 8:00 a.m. It was cold but there was no precipitation. She then walked towards the building where she worked. She slipped and fell on ice and fractured her non-dominant wrist. She had surgery to fix the fracture. The City had a prior written notice statute but it did not specifically include parking lots. There was no known prior written notice to the City about the icy lot. There also was testimony that city employees had been there that morning salting the lot. The City refused to make any offers and was getting ready to file a motion to dismiss, arguing that case law interpreted the prior written notice statute to include parking lots. The case settled at mediation for $83,500 before the motion was made.