City to pay $65K to woman who tripped, fell on broken pavement

The city's Board of Estimates on Wednesday is slated to approve a $65,000 settlement to a woman who suffered "significant" injuries after tripping and falling on uneven and broken pavement in downtown Baltimore.

Nickia Tunnell filed suit against the mayor and City Council in 2013 after she was walking on or near E. Baltimore Street at Custom House Ave. in the downtown area. She attempted to cross the street, but tripped and fell due to uneven and broken pavement, according to settlement documents submitted to the city's spending panel. The city had been milling the roadway there at the time.

Tunnell suffered "significant verifiable and objective bodily injuries" totaling $30,000 in medical bills, officials said.

The proposed settlement is to avoid "expense, time and uncertainties of further protracted litigation," the city documents state. In return, Tunnell has agreed to drop her suit.

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