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Posted: Friday, July 20, 2012 10:00 am

SANDPOINT — An Arizona woman who was injured in a fall on a Sandpoint sidewalk is suing the city and the Idaho Transportation Department for negligence.

Counsel for Joanne Mark said her client tripped on a Pine Street sidewalk in the fall of 2010. The woman had a concussion, a gash above her left eye, and bruised limbs, according to the civil complaint. The woman’s upper dental plate also broke, causing lacerations to her mouth, the suit said.

Mark’s Coeur d’Alene attorney, Melanie Ballie, said the woman was walking on the north side of Pine between First and Second avenues when she tripped.

Mark’s counsel filed suit on July 10 in 1st District Court. The suit seeks more than $10,000 in damages

for negligence, loss of consortium and negative infliction of emotional distress.

The city and state’s legal responses to the suit are pending.

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  • wilson posted at 7:07 am on Wed, Jul 25, 2012.

    wilson Posts: 1076

    Now I suppose it will be Molly's turn to "fall" and collect some money from us taxpayers. I wonder when Portland will want their village idiots back?

  • Corey Greve posted at 10:25 pm on Tue, Jul 24, 2012.

    Corey Greve Posts: 920

    I wonder if she has the same lawyer as Steve Lockwood? He got a nice settlement from the city on a slip-and-fall on sidewalk that should have been maintained privately. The private owner didn't have any money, though. He sued the city, and those in power quietly settled the suit.

  • splatt posted at 7:29 pm on Tue, Jul 24, 2012.

    splatt Posts: 27

    Was she ill? Does she have allergies? Was she drunk in public? I have walked Sandpoint my whole life and never tripped. She can stay in AZ stupid sue happy *bleep*. Don't let Idaho hit you in the butt on the way out! Oh wait I hope it hits you hard just don't trip and fall!

  • Old Cop posted at 10:06 am on Mon, Jul 23, 2012.

    Old Cop Posts: 3259

    Maybe she could be encouraged to use her broom and fly more instead of walking on dangerous sidewalks. On second thought that might not be a good idea. She would probably be unlucky and collide with a raven or an osprey and be seriously injured

    Oh! I had this injury walking on the walk
    I hit my chin so hard that now I cannot talk

    I should have used my broom to get from here to there
    But when I fly the wind makes such a mess out of my hair

    I worry about the birds not seeing me on my broom
    I get going way too fast because I love to Zoom

    There's no other way for me to get from home to town
    So I'll put a siren on my broom and hope I don't fall down

  • wilson posted at 9:51 am on Sun, Jul 22, 2012.

    wilson Posts: 1076

    Or a sign that says " You are responsible to place one foot in front of the other safely" If they can't do that, oh well --

  • MaryTormey posted at 9:05 am on Sun, Jul 22, 2012.

    MaryTormey Posts: 404

    After the sign that says "Sandpoint is a walking town" they need another sign that says "Walk at your own risk." [rolleyes]

  • leechstomper posted at 7:03 am on Sun, Jul 22, 2012.

    leechstomper Posts: 1459

    Loss of consortium? Was that because she broke her dental plate?

  • The Last Viking posted at 12:31 am on Sun, Jul 22, 2012.

    The Last Viking Posts: 9

    Hopefully, the judge will toss this without a second thought. Too bad plaintiffs don't have to pay whatever they where seeking to the defendent(s) if lawsuits are found to be frivolous and/or unfounded. By the way, don't they have sidewalks in Arizona? Seems like sidewalk curds shouldn't be such a foreign concept to this woman.

  • jwotis posted at 9:14 am on Sat, Jul 21, 2012.

    jwotis Posts: 3

    So ridiculous to think that somebody can sue for falling over while walking. I'm pretty sure there are a lot of drunks out on the weekends that would love to jump on this bandwagon. What ever happened to personal responsibility?

  • amc posted at 12:32 am on Sat, Jul 21, 2012.

    amc Posts: 4

    Seriously? Goodness, and to think of all the times I've tripped! *snap*

  • ski2work posted at 9:40 pm on Fri, Jul 20, 2012.

    ski2work Posts: 625

    Has to recoup all that tourist money she spent here, perhaps she'll invest the money in a Hov-Around since walking is a challenge.