Paterson pays out $25,000 to woman in trip-and-fall lawsuit | Paterson Times

Paterson pays out $25,000 to woman in trip-and-fall lawsuit


Municipal officials have agreed to pay $25,000 to settle a woman’s trip-and-fall lawsuit. She claimed to have suffered serious injuries after tripping and falling at a storm drain on Chamberlain Avenue, according to court records.

Lynora Lane alleged the city failed to address a dangerous condition at the storm drain in front of 383 Chamberlain Avenue.  On Sept. 15, 2012, she tripped and fell “over a piece of elevated wood attached to the catch basin” that appeared to be left behind from an incomplete construction project by a contractor, according to her complaint.

Lane’s lawsuit said J.R. Haftek Company of Paterson received a work order from the city’s public works on Jul. 31, 2012 to handle “emergency sewer lateral repairs” at the catch basin. She alleged the company “negligently and carelessly” performed the work leaving behind a piece of wood that appeared to be part of a concrete wooden form used to repair the storm drain.

“The dangerous condition appeared to be unfinished construction project to repair [the] catch basin,” reads her complaint.

Lane fell and sustained “permanent injuries.” Her complaint does not list the specific injuries sustained in the incident.

The city council approved the settlement agreement on Wednesday night.

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