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Teachers union leader files suit after fall

January 6, 2019

Teachers union leader Stephanie Ly has filed a civil complaint against the Legislative Council Service, saying she was “permanently disfigured” while descending negligently maintained stairs at the Roundhouse last February.

Ly — president of the American Federation of Teachers-New Mexico — and her husband filed the complaint Monday in state District Court in Santa Fe.

The complaint said the injury occurred on the evening of Feb. 13, 2017 as Ly and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-Albuquerque, were descending the stairs from the senator’s office on their way to the floor of the House of Representatives two levels below.

It does not specifically describe the conditions which caused Ly’s injuries, nor state exactly what her injuries were, saying only that the state failed to maintain the stairway properly or warn visitors about hazardous conditions.

Ly seeks unspecified damages, including past and future medical expenses, compensation for pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life and legal costs, according to her complaint.

Ly did not respond to a message seeking comment Thursday.

Her attorney Bruce Thompson said Friday he was not authorized to elaborate on the claims made in the pleading.

Legislative Council Service director Raul Burciaga said he could not comment because he was not familiar with the details of the case, which he said had been referred to the state’s Risk Management Division. The division routinely defends state government against civil complaints.

A message left for Risk Management Thursday was not immediately returned.

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