Woman Injured By Moldy Ceiling Collapse Gets $78,000
Judge Trial Referee Robert Berdon issued his ruling shortly after a trial that lasted just four hours. In his ruling, Berdon wrote that Alford was entitled to $3,162 for medical expenses and $75,000 for emotional distress.
"The plaintiff continues to suffer from body pain, loss of sleep and appetite, and suffers from emotional distress and trauma due to her injuries," Berdon wrote. "The plaintiff's testimony, and the evidence presented at trial, have established that the defendants were negligent and created a nuisance in their failure to safely maintain or repair the conditions in the apartment, given the ample notice of those conditions.
Finally, Berdon found, the incident was clearly harrowing for Alford. "In awarding damages, the court takes into consideration that it was obviously a frightening experience for the plaintiff," he wrote.•