Defense Verdict in Premises Liability Case for Daniel R. Ryan, Esq. in Oneida County Supreme Court

Plaintiff claimed she tripped and fell while entering the defendant’s – a national retail chain – store due to a runner-mat being placed over an elevation difference on the sidewalk. She claimed that the mat “masked” a dangerous condition causing her to fall. The trial was on liability only. On cross examination the plaintiff admitted she was not paying attention when she was entering the store, and did not see yellow caution tape and several orange cones surrounding the sidewalk where she fell. An Oneida County jury deliberated for a little over an hour before finding in favor of the defendant store.