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Teenager Receives $5.7 Million in Premises Liability Case

Plaintiff, a teenager, was drinking with her friends and fell out a window. She suffered multiple skull fractures and traumatic brain injury. Plaintiff claimed that a contractor had replaced the windows, which had fixed bottoms to prevent falls, with large sliding glass windows that were low to the ground. Plaintiff claimed that the installation of such windows was negligent. She also claimed that the owner of the apartment complex had been warned of the potential dangers of the low window sills, but failed to address the issue. Defense counsel claims that the fall was caused by the plaintiff’s drinking and that the windows met requirements of the Building Code. The parties settled for $5.7 million with the contractor paying $950,000 and the owner of the apartment building pay $4.75 million.

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