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Andrea M. tripped and fell over a gym treadmill while training to become a care worker for the Helen Keller Services for the Blind, and later sued the organization to recover damages related to her fall.

While the Nassau County Supreme Court and the Appellate Division, Second Department, recognized that the organization had a duty to maintain its property in a reasonably safe condition, both courts were of the view that Helen Keller had no duty to protect Andrea against “obvious conditions” that weren’t “inherently dangerous.”

Should she have tread more lightly?

To view a copy of the Appellate Division’s decision, please use this link: M. v. Helen Keller Servs. For the Blind