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Woman dies from injuries after fall; lawsuit filed

Under city, state and even federal laws, property owners are held to certain standards. They are expected to maintain their land and buildings so that they are safe for authorized visitors at all times. When Rhode Island property owners fail to do this, individuals often suffer devastating personal injuries. When this occurs, these victims have the right to pursue a premises liability lawsuit against the property owner in order to seek full accountability for any documented negligence.

A premises liability lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the woman's estate, alleging that she fell to her death in the parking lot of a church. She was at the church for a funeral. The parking lot, which was reportedly owned by the defendant, allegedly contained loose gravel, potholes and uneven surfaces. Combined, it is alleged that these all created a hazardous situation for the woman and any other guests to the premise.

The woman apparently fell in the parking lot. When she did, she twisted and fractured one of her ankles. Within two weeks of this incident, she allegedly passed away due to complications associated with the fracture she suffered from the incident.

As a result of the woman's injuries, the plaintiff is seeking funeral expenses, pecuniary losses and other specified monetary damages. These are all similar to the damages that could be sought in one's own premises liability lawsuit if he or she was injured at a public establishment. For some in Rhode Island, injuries can last a lifetime or even be fatal. Filing a legal claim may be able to help a victim -- or a deceased victim's surviving family -- get through such a traumatic time.

Source:, "Funeral guest allegedly dies after falling in pothole in church parking lot", Molly English-Bowers, April 5, 2016

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