$170,000 settlement for unsafe premises at historic Albuquerque building causing personal injury
While attending a family event at a historic Albuquerque building, a woman tripped on a dangerously unmarked stair, breaking her hip. The step was particularly difficult to discern given flooring conditions and the placement of surrounding furniture. Furthermore, there were no handrails located at the stairway and no warnings placed at the step’s location. The woman could not anticipate the step’s presence and suffered a serious fall as a result.
In this case, the building was not compliant with local building codes, nor did it comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Although buildings with historic designation are subject to different building codes so as to enable their preservation, the building owner in this case could have easily installed handrails at the step’s location without affecting the building’s historic designation and without incurring significant cost; the building owner elected not to take even this most basic safety precaution for its visitors. Will Ferguson & Associates brought a negligence and premises liability action against the building owner on behalf of the injured woman and secured compensation for her injuries and damages.