Plaintiff left his house to go play basketball with friends. Snow had fallen overnight and covered the ground and sidewalks. Plaintiff crossed the street, walked through the grass and stepped up on the sidewalk. The sidewalk was new and was higher than the grassy area. Plaintiff sustained a fractured medial malleolus in his left ankle, requiring open reduction internal fixation with 2 screws. The defense argued that the Plaintiff was the proximate cause of the fall because, as he admitted, he was not looking where he was going and that the sidewalk was not unreasonable dangerous.
Verdict: Not guilty
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Category: Ankle Injuries, Foot Injuries, Fractures, Tears, and Dislocations, Slip and Fall