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East Side contractors sued after fall

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

A Park Meadows woman claims contractors from eastern Summit County are responsible for injuries she suffered when she fell though a "trap door" in her house left open by a plumber in 2004, a complaint filed Aug. 21 in Third District Court states.

After accessing a crawl space in her closet through a hatchway on the floor, the plumber left the door open while returning to his truck to obtain materials, the lawsuit states.

"[Callahan], not knowing or suspecting that the trap door had been removed in the closet, opened the closet and walked into the closet to get some clothing," the lawsuit states. "After opening the closet door, she took one step forward and fell through the open hatchway (onto her head, back and neck)."

According to the lawsuit, which requests a jury trial, Callahan seeks more than $20,000 in damages because she was not warned about the open door.

Defendants named in the lawsuit include, Stephen Clingan, Art Fenski Plumbing Co., Inc. and Dennis Hulbert, the owner of Red Mountain Construction.

Hulbert admits he worked on the kitchen and laundry room at Callahan’s home on Lucky John Drive in an answer filed in Third District Court Sept. 5, but he denies responsibility for injuries she allegedly sustained in the fall.

"[Callahan’s] injuries and damages, if any, may have been proximately caused by [her] own negligence &," states Hulbert’s response to the lawsuit.

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