Slip-and-fall in hand­i­cap area be­fore Clem­son game led to surg­eries, suit

The State - - Local - BY TEDDY KULMALA tkul­[email protected]­tate.com

A woman who slipped and fell in a hand­i­cap park­ing lot be­fore a Clem­son foot­ball game last year has filed a law­suit against the univer­sity and the city, al­leg­ing that neg­li­gence in main­tain­ing the park­ing area led to her fall and re­sult­ing in­juries.

Pick­ens County res­i­dent Anne Mor­lino filed the law­suit Mon­day in Pick­ens County Cir­cuit Court. The in­ci­dent hap­pened Sept. 23, 2017, in a hand­i­cap park­ing lot “in and around” the univer­sity pres­i­dent’s home, ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint. That was the day of the Tigers’ matchup against Bos­ton Col­lege.

Mor­lino wrote in the com­plaint that she was walk­ing through the hand­i­cap park­ing area to­ward a des­ig­nated area with a sign and a bus wait­ing to take peo­ple from the park­ing area to Memo­rial Sta­dium “when sud­denly and with­out warn­ing she slipped, tripped, and fell as a re­sult of pine straw and other de­bris in and around the board­ing area” for the bus.

The fall caused in­juries in­clud­ing frac­tures to Mor­lino’s left wrist and hip, which re­quired surg­eries, and pain to her up­per and lower ex­trem­i­ties, the law­suit states.

Among other things, the law­suit al­leges that the univer­sity was neg­li­gent by:

Fail­ing to take “rea­son­able ac­tion to rem­edy or cor­rect” the pine straw and other de­bris in the board­ing area of the bus for hand­i­capped fans

Fail­ing to warn Mor­lino and oth­ers of the slip haz­ard cre­ated by the de­bris on the ground in the board­ing area

Fail­ing to prop­erly in­spect the premises to make sure un­safe con­di­tions did not ex­ist

Fail­ing to main­tain the walk­ways, com­mon ar­eas, park­ing lot and des­ig­nated hand­i­cap pickup area

In ad­di­tion to the surg­eries, the fall and in­juries caused past and present phys­i­cal pain, along with per­ma­nent im­pair­ment of 9 per­cent of Mor­lino’s left up­per ex­trem­ity, 8 per­cent per­ma­nent im­pair­ment to her left hip and per­ma­nent scar­ring and dis­fig­ure­ment to parts of her body, the suit al­leges.

The suit asks for ac­tual and puni­tive dam­ages but doesn’t spec­ify an amount.

A univer­sity spokesman de­clined to com­ment when reached Wed­nes­day.

Mor­lino is rep­re­sented by An­der­son at­tor­ney Floyd S. Mills III.

Pick­ens County Cir­cuit Court Com­mon Pleas

A woman said she slipped and fell in a hand­i­cap park­ing lot be­fore a Clem­son foot­ball game in 2017.

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