Episode 3: Watch Your Step
SCENE: A SUBDIVISION NEAR ZIA ROAD AND ST. FRANCIS DRIVE. A WOMAN APPROACHES THE DOOR OF A HOUSE. PARTY SOUNDS FILTER OUTSIDE. A YOUNGER WOMAN ANSWERS THE DOOR.
Hello. I've come bearing a gift for this high-school graduation celebration.
Thank you. I've never been here before, you know.
THE WOMAN TAKES A FEW STEPS INSIDE THE HOUSE, THEN QUICKLY VANISHES FROM THE FRAME.
SCENE: WOMAN IN HER ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
I have suffered personal injuries, incurred medical expenses and lost income; I have also endured pain, suffering and a loss of enjoyment of life. It's not fair!
The host "had a duty to maintain her premises in a condition safe for the use by visitors." Yet "the elevation change was not marked in any way, and the floor covering was the same both above and below the elevation change. There was no handrail..."
Let's sue for damages. After all, if there were warning signs on everything, no one would ever get hurt.
From the Santa Fe District Court Case of April 7, Barbara Scampone [WOMAN] vs. Betty Bustamante [PARTY HOST].