Our client, a 29-year-old male, went to visit a tenant who lived in the basement apartment of his residential building. The apartment was reached from an exterior courtyard by entering a side door, loading into a short hallway. The boiler room entrance door was in the hallway adjacent to the tenant’s apartment door. Upon exiting the apartment, the client forgot which door led to the courtyard and mistakenly opened the boiler room door, which was unmarked and unlocked. He stepped in expecting to exit the building but instead, fell down a staircase hitting the concrete floor face first. The client sustained a blow-out fracture of his right eye socket which required two operations to repair. The injury resulted in permanent headaches, double-vision and dizziness which left him unable to return to his job. The property owner and manager were sued. We reached a $675,000 settlement during trial for our client’s past and future pain and suffering.
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