Defense Verdict in Fall Down Case

Matthew Moroney secured a defense verdict at trial in a lawsuit brought by a tenant against her landlord.  The tenant alleges she fell down her basement steps which she claimed the landlord negligently maintained.  After the fall, the plaintiff / tenant was taken to the emergency room and then underwent several months of physical therapy. At trial, the plaintiff sought damages for her personal injuries, along with $9,000 in unpaid medical bills. The jury, however, determined that the defendant/landlord was not negligent, and therefore, a defense verdict was entered.  Matthew Moroney effectively brought out several credibility issues in the plaintiff/ tenant’s testimony, especially as to her claims regarding placing the landlord on notice of the claimed defect.