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Rachel Smith Case – Negligently Constructed Outdoor Stairway at Dog Grooming Shop Causes Fall
Rachel’s client fell on negligently constructed outdoor stairway leading to a dog grooming shop. Rachel was able to show that the stairs were dangerous and in violation of building codes as they were built with different height risers which caused an uneven experience for her client when using the stairs to leave the shop. To add to these issues, these “funhouse” stairs did not have a necessary handrail, which made it so that when her client started to lose her balance, there was nothing to reach out and grab to save her from tumbling and breaking her ankle. A confidential settlement was reached to compensate her client for her injury, resulting in pain and disability as well as a second surgery to remove surgical hardware.