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Baltimore to settle trip-and-fall case for $65K

The Baltimore City Board of Estimates is scheduled Wednesday to approve a $65,000 settlement with an Eastern Shore woman who tripped and fell on uneven pavement near City Hall.

Nickia Tunnell was injured in May 2013 near East Baltimore Street and Custom House Avenue, according to court records. Tunnell, of Kennedyville, “twist[ed] and fell” in a hole in the asphalt while exiting a vehicle and suffered “serious and permanent injuries to her left foot, ankle and leg,” according to the lawsuit, filed last September in Baltimore City Circuit Court.

The city’s Law Department, in a memo to the Board of Estimates, said the pavement was uneven and broken in the intersection because roadway milling was in process at Custom House Avenue. Tunnell suffered “significant verifiable and objective bodily injuries,” with medical bills totaling more than $30,000, according to the memo.

Tunnell is represented by Michael E. Mehring of Shugarman & Mehring in Baltimore.

The two sides agreed to a $65,787.50 settlement “in order to resolve this litigation economically and avoid the expense, time and uncertainties of further protracted litigation,” the memo states.

A trial had been scheduled for the end of September, according to online court records.

NICKIA TUNNELL V. MAYOR & CITY COUNCIL OF BALTIMORE

Court:

Baltimore City Circuit Court

Case No.:

24C-13005669

Judge:

N/A

Proceedings:

Settled before trial

Outcome:

Payment $65,787.50 to plaintiff

Dates:

Event: May 2013

Suit filed: September 2013

Settlement: Pending BOE approval, Aug. 20, 2014

Plaintiffs’ Attorneys:

Michael E. Mehring of Shugarman & Mehring in Baltimore

Defendant’s’ Attorney:

Baltimore City Law Department

Counts:

Negligence