Personal injury suit settles for $20,000

NEW ULM – A civil lawsuit seeking more than $50,000 – filed more than two years ago by a New Ulm man who slipped and fell on ice in the Marktplatz parking lot in February 2011-settled for $20,000 in his favor Wednesday in Brown County District Court.

James Anderson of New Ulm slipped and fell on ice in the south end of the parking lot under the Marktplatz Mall on Feb. 21, 2011. He dislocated his left shoulder, breaking it in two places, broke a tooth and received bruises after exiting his vehicle, according to a court documents.

Anderson said he parked in the lot after he couldn’t find a place to park on Minnesota Street, before picking up his wife from work.

Randy Danielson of New Ulm, who was named in the lawsuit and owns the south end of the mall, alleged he closed the parking lot prior to the date of the accident and that Anderson’s use of it was trespassing on his property.

“I told Mr. Anderson not to park there, but he chose to do so,” Danielson said. “I settled because I don’t want to fight it anymore. It’s a nuisance lawsuit.”

Anderson said he parked in a stall leased by Joni’s Restaurant & Catering but that Joni said others could use it after she closed the restaurant at 2 p.m.

Anderson said his vehicle insurance covered the first $20,000 of his medical costs and that Medicare paid the rest of his medical bills. “I’m still sore in the shoulder. It hurts me to shovel or use a snow blower,” Anderson said.

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