The woman, who was blind and used a cane while walking, said she tripped and fell on a portion of the sidewalk that was torn up. At the time of the incident repairs, including plumbing, were being performed on the portion of walkway. The woman asserts that some sort of barrier, such as a fence, should have been placed in front of that portion of the sidewalk to prevent pedestrians from entering the dangerous area.
In the lawsuit the woman said the incident caused her to injure her:
As a result of the medical expenses the woman accrued and had to pay, the woman sought damages in excess of $50,000. In addition to the owner of the property on which the sidewalk was located, the general contractor and a plumber subcontracted to do work on the portion of the sidewalk were named as defendants.
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Source: The Pennsylvania Record, “Blind pedestrian says improper construction safety caused accident,” Jim Boyle, June 5, 2014
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