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Scarred Woman Could Take Northgate Apartments to Court

DOWNTOWN COLUMBUS (Jen French) -- The Ohio Supreme Court ruled that a woman can go to court to accuse an apartment complex owner of not keeping its building safe.

The decision comes seven years after 23-year-old Lauren Mann fell down a step and crashed through a glass door at the Northgate Apartments. Kevin Foley, an attorney hired by Northgate Apartments, said the complex did everything required to keep Lauren Mann out of danger that day.

The apartment complex is maintained in a safe condition," Foley said. "The plaintiff may have some comparative fault or contributive fault issues that go with it."

Mann was 16 years old when the accident happened. She said she was visiting a friend at the Northgate Apartments, where all of the lights in the common hallway had burned out. She said she couldnt see when she fell through a glass panel exit.

Defense attorney Michael Irwin said Manns injuries were so severe she had to be pulled out of St. Francis De Sales High School because kids were taunting her.

Irwin said he is holding the photos of Manns scars until she gives him permission to release them to the public.
The case could still be decided by a jury or end in a settlement. Foley said he is waiting for the complex to decide if they want to go to trial.
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