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The Dripby Mark Reutter1:34 pmFeb 11, 20140

Sidewalk spill leads to $120,000 settlement

Above: The site of the 2011 accident today.

The city is set to pay $120,000 to settle the case of a woman who toppled off a sidewalk in Ednor Gardens three years ago, resulting in two surgeries and loss of employment.

According to the Law Department, Anita Stevens was walking on a sidewalk on Ednor Road near its intersection with East 36th Street on or about May 10, 2011.

“Stevens contends that she stepped on the north end of the concrete blocks on the sidewalk, not realizing that it was depressed in relation to the block off which she stepped,” the law department wrote in its settlement memo.

The change in elevation caused her to lose her balance and fall to the pavement, resulting in injuries that led to two surgeries and permanent impairment.

The woman filed a lawsuit seeking $500,000 from the city.

“Because of disputed factual and legal issues in the case and given the uncertainties and unpredictability of jury verdicts, the parities propose to settle this matter for a total sum of $120,000 in return for a complete dismissal of the litigation,” the law department wrote.

The settlement will go before the Board of Estimates tomorrow. The panel, headed by City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, invariably approves settlements presented by the legal department.

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