Morrison Mahoney associate Matthew Riordan obtained a defense verdict in a premises liability case before Judge Barry-Smith in Middlesex Superior Court.  The jury of eight found that our client-homeowners were not negligent in the manner they cleared snow and ice before a visit from the plaintiff building inspector, who slipped and fell down the outside stairs upon leaving the home. Photographs showed that our clients had rather incompletely cleared the snow before the inspector’s arrival, but we argued, and they jury apparently agreed, that the standard is one of reasonableness, not perfection. The plaintiff’s medical case was undermined on cross examination of his expert surgeon who conceded that the plaintiff’s surgically repaired complex wrist fracture healed nicely with only minimal residuals.