While the guest of a resident of an apartment building, a woman fell down an unmarked shaft and landed in a pike position. Her injuries resulted in partial paralysis. The injuries included seven spinal fractures, four pelvic fractures, at least eight fractured ribs, and a scapula fracture. She also sustained a number of vascular and soft tissue injuries.
The plaintiff (injured woman) and a companion opened an unlocked closet door. They stepped over a railing that was 36-inches. This enabled them to stand on a platform. They did not know that there was a two-foot square opening of a shaft in the corner. The shaft extended the full height of the building. [Read more…]