Plaintiff thinks she is stepping into a closet, but it is a steep stairwell.
Plaintiff waived her economic damages at trial.
Past non-economic damages: $1,250,000
Future non-economic damages: $250,000
Liddy Law Firm by Donald G. Liddy and Paula Jovell, Pasadena.
Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation by David R. Shoop, Beverly Hills.
Cohen & Burge LLP by Darren G. Burge, Thousand Oaks. (For VPMG 1772 Preuss, LLC.)
Stephanie Duran Elie, Los Angeles. (For Vivian Aryeh.)
Charles N. Moon, M.D., Los Angeles. (Treating orthopedic surgeon.)
Ranjan Gupta, MD, defense medical examination, orthopedic surgery, Irvine.
On the February 10, 2015, tenant Vivan Aryeh hired plaintiff to do housekeeping work on the premises owned by defendant VPMG. Plaintiff stepped into what she thought was a closet and fell down stairs into the basement. Plaintiff broke her right humerus, right elbow and left wrist. She underwent open reduction and internal fixation.
Plaintiff accepted the policy limits of Aryeh in the amount of $300,000 just before trial. The trial went forward against VPMG Inc.
Plaintiff claimed the stairway was too steep and lacked an appropriate handrail. Plaintiff claimed defendants knew of the dangerous condition but failed to warn or make safe.
Defendants contended that they took reasonable precautions to prevent access to the basement stairs through use of a door and deadbolt lock, but admitted liability before trial.
Plaintiff required a three-day hospital stay and assistance with daily activities for several months post-accident. The treating surgeon and defense surgeon agreed that plaintiff attained full functional range of motion.