Sussex Child Suffers Permanent Injuries from a Dangerous Staircase
An eight year old girl from Sussex was sitting on a staircase inside a building in Milwaukee when disaster struck and changed her life forever. The spindles holding up the railing were spaced too far apart and she slipped through, falling 16 feet to the hard, concrete floor below.
The basilar skull fracture she suffered required numerous surgeries but, despite the doctor’s best efforts, she was left with a permanent brain injury causing cognitive, behavioral and personality disorders.
Unsettlingly, the building’s owner, a fraternal organization, appeared to have been actively recruiting younger families with small children, yet did nothing to make sure its building was safe for visitors of all ages.
Premises Liability Lawsuit Alleges Dangerous Defect
The medical bills, pain and suffering of the Sussex family were immense. Fortunately, the parents of the young girl contacted the experienced premises liability attorneys at McLario, Helm, Bertling, & Spiegel, S.C.for help. Many insurance companies claim all activities, including using a staircase, involve a certain amount of risk. McLario, Helm, Bertling, & Spiegel, S.C.’s personal injury attorneys alleged the Milwaukee staircase was dangerously defective and exposed visitors to an unreasonable risk of injury.
No staircase should allow an eight year old to easily fall through its spindles.
The premises liability lawsuit filed by McLario, Helm, Bertling, & Spiegel, S.C. successfully argued the Milwaukee organization was responsible for the girl’s severe brain injury. In compensation for the damage its negligence caused, the fraternal organization paid the girl a large, cash lump sum payment and guaranteed future installments totaling $1.4 million.
Unsafe Premises and Personal Injuries: Can You Sue in Wisconsin?
Many people blame themselves for personal injuries caused by the carelessness or negligence of others. Insurance companies and building owners are only too quick to reinforce this view in an attempt to minimize the likelihood of being held responsible for their faults. But Wisconsin’s laws are clear: premises owners must provide a safe location for visitors.
The unfortunate Sussex girl suffered permanent, life-changing brain injuries because the Milwaukee organization failed to take adequate steps to ensure visitor safety and exposed her to an unreasonably dangerous stairway.
Filing a personal injury lawsuit is often the only way for justice to be done in a premises liability case. When you or a loved one is injured because of a dangerous condition on unsafe premises, contact the Menomonee Falls personal injury law firm, McLario, Helm, Bertling, & Spiegel, S.C. You can count on fair, skillful representation from our premises liability lawyers to get you the compensation you are owed.