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Premises Liability – Fall Over Faulty Railing

Our property owner negligence trial lawyers recovered $1.6 million on behalf of a year- Marin resident who fell from a second-story balcony while visiting a friend’s cabin near Lake Tahoe. The plaintiff leaned against a deck railing to speak to his friend below and it gave way. He fell more than 20 feet, landing on his feet and sustaining a severely comminuted calcaneus fracture and a spinal compression fracture. During discovery, it was revealed that the defendant had installed the deck railing shortly before the incident, but had not properly secured it. Within days of the fall, the plaintiff underwent surgery to repair the calcaneus fracture. He underwent a second surgery a year later to remove the hardware placed during the first surgery. He claimed past medical expenses and the cost of future surgery. Medical expenses were $140,000. Lost wages were in excess of $200,000.