John Knight and Chris Davidson obtained a defense verdict following a 4‑day trial in which the plaintiff sought to recover damages for a fractured ankle resulting from an alleged fall on the defendant’s property. The plaintiff was a tenant in property which had been foreclosed upon, and the client was a successor in interest to the property. The plaintiff claimed that a landing area on the rear of the property had deteriorated over time and claimed that the defendant was negligent in its role as the property landlord. As a result of the injuries which the plaintiff sustained, he incurred approximately $35,000 in special damages. At trial, the defense challenged whether the plaintiff was injured as a result of an alleged property defect versus some other underlying event and also established that the property was appropriately maintained. The jury returned a defense verdict after 20 minutes of deliberating. Special thanks to law clerk Michael Filbin for his assistance at trial.