City agrees to nearly $300K settlement after sidewalk fall
BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — A city in Michigan has agreed to pay nearly $350,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a woman who tripped and fell on a sidewalk.
The Bay City Times obtained details of the settlement between Bay City and 90-year-old Margaretha Chernavage by using a Freedom of Information Act request. The payment is being made by the city’s insurance provider.
Last year, Chernavage was walking home from a hair salon when she fell, fracturing her right shoulder, right wrist and nose. The lawsuit said the sidewalk was uneven and the city should maintain it.
In a response before the settlement, the city argued Chernavage’s injuries were from her own negligence.
Last year, Bay City approved a 1 percent fee on property tax bills to be used for a sidewalk replacement program.
Information from: The Bay City Times, http://www.mlive.com/bay-city