A fall along a Coquitlam street has landed the city in court.
According to a notice of civil claim filed in Supreme Court, Maria Hackworth is suing the City of Coquitlam for general and special damages related to a fall earlier this year.
Court documents state the incident happened on May 15, 2013, when the plaintiff was walking on a sidewalk on the south side of the 500 block of Austin Avenue.
The suit claims Hackworth was walking along the sidewalk just west of Westview Street when she tripped and fell over uneven pavement, which caused her injury, loss and damage.
The suit claims as a result of the negligence or breach of duty by the city and its employees, Hackworth sustained physical injuries including a right ankle sprain, scrapes and abrasions on her face, loss of memory, headaches, dizziness and pain and discomfort.
The court documents also suggest that, as a result of the alleged negligence by the defendant, Hackworth, who is described in the suit as retired, has incurred and continues to incur special damages, which will be provided at trial.
The suit claims the Coquitlam resident has suffered loss of enjoyment of the amenities in life, and has had difficulty fulfilling recreational activities, social activities and household chores. The suit also alleges the city and employees breached their duty of care in several ways, including by failing to ensure the pavement at the location was even or correctly aligned so it was safe for pedestrians; failing to warn or place danger or caution signs at the location to alert and direct pedestrians away from the "dangerous situation;" failing to properly maintain, repair and inspect the premises; and allowing the location to "become a dangerous trap for pedestrians."
None of the allegations have been proven in court and the city has yet to file a response.
Hackworth is also seeking recovery of health care costs.
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