Patricia Beall, an associate in the Maryland office of Marks, O’Neill, O’Brien, Doherty & Kelly, PC, won a directed verdict for our client at trial in Superior Court in the District of Columbia on September 9, 2013. Plaintiff suffered a compound fracture to her leg when she slipped and fell on ice near an apartment community in D.C. The damages sought were not reasonable based on her actual injuries, but liability was strongly contested. The parties agreed to try the case on liability only, with a pre-negotiated damage figure in the event of a Plaintiff verdict. At the close of Plaintiff’s case, defense moved for judgment because Plaintiff had not established that the Defendant owned the property where she fell or that Defendant otherwise owed a duty to keep the walkway free of ice. The Court agreed.
February 10, 2014