In winter 2013, a woman was entering a middle school in Bergen County when she was caused to violently fall to the ground because of ice that had not been cleared or salted. Though there had been snowfall days prior, and a path leading up to the entrance had been snowplowed, there was no effort to clear the black ice that had formed on the sidewalk. Attorney Paul A. Garfield handled the case.
Due to the fall, she suffered a fractured right ankle, which required surgery, as well as a serious injury to her left shoulder. She can no longer perform or enjoy certain daily and routine activities, and went through months of physical rehabilitation. The lawsuit was filed against the company responsible for the school’s maintenance and snow removal, and claimed that if it was not for its carelessness, the woman never would have been injured. In turn, a settlement in the amount of $550,000.00 was reached.