You don’t see many Maryland slip-and-fall cases in U.S. District Court. But Bardroff v. Sanexen Water is the rare slip and fall that found its way to federal court. Last week, Federal Magistrate Judge J. Mark Coulson had an opportunity to rule on a slip-and-fall motion in such a case.
Facts of Bardroff v. Sanexen Water
Sanexen Water began working on the water system on Matthews Drive in Harford County where the plaintiff lived. It was a big job. Temporary water pipes were placed along the entire length of Matthews Drive, and door hangers were placed on residents’ doors, warning them to be careful around the temporary water network. Plaintiff Bardroff interpreted this warning as an instruction for residents to avoid damaging the temporary water network.