- Fall occurred at exterior landing of office building
- Incident occurred in 2010
- Original construction of the premises in 2003
- Plaintiff expert for fall victim
The plaintiff was an employee at a local technology company in Florence. While exiting an exterior door at the office’s break room, attempting to access an exterior patio, the plaintiff fell. The fall resulted in sustained injuries, atrophy, loss of control and function, and inability to walk adequately.
Serving as an expert witness for the injured plaintiff, Fuller Group performed a comprehensive review of available documentation, including the design documents for the building. Based on code review and analysis of the design documents, we concluded that due to the occupant load and configuration of the break room, the exterior door was required to be an accessible exit.
Fuller determined that during the design process, the architect and civil engineer failed to properly coordinate the elevation change from the interior to the exterior at the patio, requiring the contractor to install a landing at the exterior side of the door during construction. The landing at the exterior door, serving the patio, was found to be improperly designed and installed for an accessible exit, resulting in the victim falling and becoming injured. Our expert witness services and consultation with the plaintiff attorney resulted in a successful settlement for the plaintiff.