Fayetteville City Council Agrees To Settlement Over Airport Trip-And-Fall

The Fayetteville City Council has agreed to a $12,000 personal injury settlement with a woman who filed suit, alleging that she was injured in a trip-and-fall at the airport.


The suit Wendy Murphy filed in Cumberland County Superior Court in November alleged that on April 10, 2006, she had purchased a US Airways ticket and was preparing to board her flight when a metal ring in the middle of the floor in the B concourse at the Fayetteville Regional Airport caused her to trip and fall.


In Murphy’s complaint, she claimed the fall caused her to suffer serious and permanent injuries and sought judgment of more than $10,000. She claimed the airport was negligent for failure to warn people of the metal ring in the floor and failure to remove the object.


After a closed session with the city attorney on August 24, the council came to a unanimous decision in an open session to settle her claims for $12,000.


The airport, the city of Fayetteville, and US Airways were named as defendants in the suit. The airport is owned and operated by the city.

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