Judge: blind plaintiff can sue landlord, guide-dog provider over fall

by Walter Olson on December 9, 2011

A judge has ruled that an elderly Manhattan woman can sue her landlord and a guide-dog provider over a fall she suffered on a step at her building. Gloria Clark argues that her earlier guide dogs had always guided her around a dangerous step over 26 years of living in the building but that while she was auditioning a new guide dog the dog’s trainer did not properly take care against the hazard. [New York Daily News]


1 Jason Barney 12.09.11 at 10:13 pm

Yeah, sue the people trying to help the disabled. That’ll teach ‘em.

2 Bill Poser 12.10.11 at 2:19 am

If her previous guide dog guided her around the allegedly dangerous step for 26 years, did the landlord have reasonable notice of the hazard?

3 Titus 12.10.11 at 9:05 am

This seems . . . not quite right. Yet, at the same time, it doesn’t sound as outrageous as most of the things that get highlighted here. Maybe there was a legitimate fitness-for-a-particular-purpose question?

4 Difster 12.10.11 at 8:43 pm

One has to wonder if it’s a rent-controlled apartment as well.

So in 26 years, this woman never fell over that step and no sighted person that was with her ever alerted the land lord to the problem? I would say the problem is NOT with the landlord at all.

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