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Wheelchairs in Assistance Vans

A recent case caught my eye-  it involved a woman who was wheelchair-bound and who was being transported in a county transportation van via a mechanical lift.  During this process, the woman was left alone, at which time she inadvertently released the brakes on her wheelchair in an attempt to roll into the van.  She unfortunately rolled backwards, fell off the lift and sustained a broken neck which rendered her a quadriplegic up until her death.

Premises Liability- loose handrail

I was reading about an interesting case recently-  it involved a woman who was descending a set of stairs at an apartment complex.  She supposedly began to slip on some mud which had accumulated on the steps, at which time she grabbed the handrail.  However, the handrail was loose and twisted, thereby preventing her from regaining her balance.  She fell, sustained fairly serious injuries and the jury made a 6-figure award.

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