Ed Dondes Obtains Trial Verdict in Case Involving a Fall Down Stairs Allegedly Due to an Improper Handrail– 2017

Plaintiff was visiting our client when she fell down an interior stairway. Plaintiff contended that the stairway that had been replaced five years earlier by an unlicensed contractor, caused her accident because the contractor negligently failed to comply with provisions of the code that require handrails to have at least 1 ½ inches of finger space. The plaintiff asserted that because part of the molding ran up against the handrail, there was an absence of space to grab for several inches. The plaintiff maintained that as a result, she was caused to fall. Plaintiff put on the stand the expert engineer Nicholas Belizzi, PE.  We argued that the stairs were safe and that there had been no problems with the stairs or handrail in the 5 years since being installed.  We also contended that the plaintiff had regularly visited the premises, and had been on the stairs many times and argued that the condition of handrail would not have caused a fall.  Upon submission to the jury, it returned a defense verdict on behalf of our client.

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