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As Sean Casey was entering his apartment building on Jan. 30, 2009, a 12-pound metal box that was part of the hydraulic door opening mechanism fell off of the wall, striking him on the head. Casey sued TLC Management, the owner and manager of the property, in Cook County, Ill.

Both Casey and another tenant alleged that the box had previously come loose and had never been properly reattached. While plaintiff’s counsel claimed that TLC Management should have been aware there was an issue, the building’s on-site manager said he was responsible for daily inspections and TLC was unaware of any hazardous conditions. Defense counsel countered that Casey did not pay attention to his surroundings and failed to avoid the falling box.

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Patricia L. Harman

Patricia L. Harman is the editor-in-chief of Claims magazine, a contributing editor to PropertyCasualty360.com, and chairs the annual America's Claims Event (ACE), which focuses on providing claims professionals with cutting-edge education and networking opportunities. She covers auto, property & casualty, workers' compensation, fraud, risk and cybersecurity, and is a frequent speaker at insurance industry events. Contact her at [email protected]

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