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Icy Fall

Norwich, CT: (Feb-20-07) Michael Bowman, a Kentucky horse veterinarian, brought a lawsuit against Super Eight Motel, a Waterbury facility, after he broke his ankle in an icy fall in 2002. The suit claimed that Bowman broke his ankle in three places when he fell on ice outside the hotel. Records show that Bowman stopped outside the Super 8 Motel at 91 Scott Road, while driving to Tufts Veterinary School in Massachusetts. He claimed that the accident took place on a patch of ice about 1 a.m. in a poorly lit area. Anderson claimed that Motel owners Louis Lestorti and general manager Kenneth Clavette had been aware of the icing problem for four years, but did nothing to fix it or to warn pedestrians of the potential slipping hazard. Instead, he said, the men blamed Bowman for his own fall. Sources stated that doctors had testified Bowman's injuries would not heal and would worsen over time. They said Bowman's decreased ability will hamper his ability to earn a living.

As part of a settlement reached, a jury ordered Louis Lestorti and general manager Kenneth Clavette to pay restitution for Bowman's injuries, which amounted to nearly $2 million, resolving the personal injury claim. [METRO WEST DAILY NEWS: ICY FALL]

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Published on Feb-21-08


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